Indie band Six Towns aiming to be MTV success story
INDIE rockers Six Towns are hoping for the support of the whole city after being nominated in a renowned music competition.
The Potteries band are among musicians hoping to win enough votes to be crowned winner of the MTV Brand New Unsigned For 2013 contest.
And members of the group hope the national competition will provide a springboard to the big time.
Every year MTV compiles a shortlist of artists it believes will be the next big thing. The winner of this year's competition will find themselves on that renowned list which in the past has included the likes of Lady Gaga, Adele, The Vaccines and Labrinth.
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Bass player Matt Litherland, aged 26, of Burslem, said: "We spotted the competition on Facebook and decided to apply for it.
"They pick a set of musicians to go through to the voting stages and that's where we are now.
"We are the only act from Stoke-on-Trent and it is nice to be able to represent the city."
The band, which formed four years ago, is hoping music fans will be won over by the video to their track Wasting Away.
Matt, who works as an operations analysis, added: "There are so many in the competition and some are a lot bigger than us and have toured around the world. But it is nice to see us among them."
The group – which has played shows at city centre venues The Sugarmill and Underground – notes a range of influences going back to Led Zeppelin to the modern day in Kasabian.
Front man Liam O'Brien, aged 26, of Burslem, who works as a cable jointer, said: "Getting to the next level is incredibly hard and feels impossible as there must be hundreds of bands just in Stoke-on-Trent that are trying to make it.
"Nothing has really happened with guitar bands for a while and we just feel the time is now."
Since their emergence on the scene the band has recorded a number of songs and currently has a four-track EP, Poor Distracted People, in the shops.
They currently meet in their own recording studio on Sandbach Road, Cobridge, where they are working on even more material.
Guitarist Simon Harrison, aged 25, of Tunstall, who also works as a cable jointer, said: "It's good to be in the competition as it gets us out there."
More than 500 artists entered the competition with that number being reduced to 309.
The 20 artists with the most votes will be put in front of a panel of MTV editorial music experts who will pick an overall winner to be added to the final Brand New For 2013 shortlist.
The final winner will be announced on November 28.
Drummer Josh Morris, aged 18, of Stoke, a student, added: "Even if we get one more person listening to us, that's an achievement."
To vote for Six Towns visit www.brandnewunsigned.mtv.co.uk/act/sixtowns.
Their EP is currently available in Music Mania, Hanley or via download.