Fan-funded band enters the top 20 in the midweek chart

26/07/13

Hey! Hello!

A fan-funded album from a relatively unknown band looks set to make it into the top 20 chart this weekend.

Hey! Hello!'s self-titled record is currently sitting at number 12 in the midweek album chart.

Without the backing of a major label, it is outselling Daft Punk's Random Access Memories and Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience.

We just wanted to make music that made us smile and bop our heads. It's just bonus points at this point seeing everybody else joining in with the smiling and bopping
Victoria Liedtke

The duo are made up of New York singer Victoria Liedtke and Geordie songwriter Ginger Wildheart.

Their music has been described as a blend of music anthems from Abba to punk rockers Green Day.

Last year the pair released a track called How I Survived The Punk Wars, which was championed by Guns N' Roses bass player Duff McKagan.

"It's perhaps the best and most real punk rock song in a long, long time. It actually stunned me," said McKagan.

'Bopping'

The popularity of the song caused more interest in the release of their debut album.

Thousands of fans paid upfront for a record on the strength of one song via the crowd-sourcing website PledgeMusic.

Duff McKagan
Image caption Former Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan is backing Hey! Hello!

On a promotional tour of the US and Japan, singer Victoria Liedtke spoke about the unexpected interest.

"We just wanted to make music that made us smile and bop our heads," she said.

"It's just bonus points at this point seeing everybody else joining in with the smiling and bopping.

"I never thought for a second, Hey! Hello! would be embraced like this. It's been amazing."

Ginger Wildheart started his career in UK band Quireboys before starting The Wildhearts in 1989.

He released his fourth solo album, 555%, last year and is currently on tour with Courtney Love's band in the US.

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