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Band Of The Month
Keen on Akeal
Our Band of the Month for April is Leamington Spa’s indie rock band Akeal.
Akeal have been on the local music scene for a couple of years, but one of the first times they were spotted by BBC Coventry & Warwickshire was at the 2008 Godiva Festival.
They were one of the lucky bands who got to the G Factor final and played the Spotlight tent on the Friday evening.
The lads are soon set to record their debut EP, but we have already played some of their music on BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Introducing.
Band of the Month for April
One of the standout tracks – which can be heard on their MySpace page – is Runaway. It has a really commercial sound and is very radio friendly. It even has a James Bond theme song vibe about it - who knows, maybe it could be picked up for a future film?!
The song certainly has a catchy chorus that could easily fit in at one of the big festivals - with the crowds singing and jumping along.
We asked the band how they met and got together to form Akeal. They told us:
“Gaz, Matt and Sean all met at college, but the band has had a few line-up changes over the years. In early 2008, our manager introduced us to our guitarist Chris; at that point we scrapped most of our music and started the band from scratch.
“A guy called Akeal lived on our singer’s estate; he was a bit of a crazy character, so his name was always coming up in people’s stories. It got in our head and we didn’t want to have a cliché name, so Akeal stuck with us.”
The band have scheduled most of April as studio time to record their debut EP. We discovered that they will be working with no ordinary producer and that the disc will be going international before it’s even released:
“Our mate Tom Clarke of The Enemy suggested we record with Matt Terry, who had previously worked on their first album and has just finished their new single, No Time for Tears.
“It’s our debut EP so we’ve been worried about getting our sound across the way we hope, but after a long chat, we knew Matt was exactly what we needed. He has an amazing studio in a farm in Stratford, so we’re excited about what we will create.
“The EP is then going to get mixed in New York by a friend of ours called Matt Shane. He has won 2 Grammys for work he’s done with the cult group/TV show Flight of the Conchords, so were very honoured that he has agreed to work on the record.”
Finally, we asked the band about their hopes for 2009:
“Just pushing forward! We’re going to do a UK tour in late May and then hit some of the festivals. We’re in talks with booking agents at the moment so we’ll hopefully be getting on some tasty support slots over the summer.
“In early autumn we’re planning to record a single with Gavin Monaghan, who has worked with The Editors, Ian Brown and Kings of Leon, before wrapping up the year with another tour to promote the record.”
To find out more about Akeal, visit their MySpace page by clicking on the link below:
How to get featured?
BBC Coventry & Warwickshire's Band of the Month feature aims to showcase the best local musical talent.
If you think you and/or your band are worthy enough of a feature then get in contact with us.
Email the details to us here at BBC Coventry & Warwickshire - email@example.com
Or use the postal address:
Martin Winch, BBC Coventry & Warwickshire, Priory Place, CV1 5SQ.
All we require is a short biography, a couple of decent quality colour images (in jpeg format) and a copy of your music.
last updated: 30/06/2009 at 09:25