A BAND enjoyed the highs and lows of the music business as they won their first-ever industry award but also got stranded on the road.
Indie-rock four-piece Titor’s Insignia were crowned the best indie band at the Exposure Music Awards at a ceremony in London on March 30.
The band, made up of Stuart Ogden on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Rob James on lead guitar, Molly Kidd on bass and Stuart Skoyles on drums, celebrated one of their biggest achievements to date after originally being nominated thanks to several successful live appearances on the capital’s music scene.
However, the group could not be present in the capital to pick up their award as they were stranded in Scotland when their bus broke down on the way to a gig in Glasgow.
Band manager Angelica Fenney said: “It’s amazing and it came as a big shock. They’ve been receiving loads of online congratulations but I don’t think it’s really hit them yet.
“Sometimes people say you know if you’re going to win when you go into something like this, but we genuinely did not know at all, so when we saw the email from the organisers it was just brilliant.
“The band has worked so hard over the past few months, so to be recognised with this award is brilliant, especially as it’s the first one.
“Everybody’s just over the moon online for the band, and their next St Helens gig is going to be a real party after the set.
“The musicians would particularly like to thank all their families and the group’s fan base, because they wouldn’t be where they are without them.
“Winning an award like this can open a lot of doors for the band, and I know one act who got a prize at last year’s Exposure who ended up playing at Glastonbury.”
Titor’s Insignia is also preparing to release its second full-length album Get Yourself A Name, which sees the band working with Pemberton photographer Brian Cannon who produced a host of iconic covers for groups including The Verve and Oasis.
The group recorded the album’s 11 tracks in Wigan, working with John Kettle at his Jaraf House Studio in Bamfurlong.
The band, which originally formed in St Helens, has also recently become more of a North West act with the recruitment of Golborne drummer Stewart and Stockport-based bass player Molly into the line-up.
The Exposure Music Awards were founded in 2008 to celebrate and promote Britain’s best independent talent, with the shortlist for this year’s categories covering everything from rock bands to rappers and world music groups.
The awards ceremony will be held on March 30. To find out more about the competition, visit www.exposuremusicawards.org
For more information about the band, search for Titor’s Insignia on Facebook.