THE name may be different but an up-and-coming Wigan band has reassured fans it will not be changing its bid for pop-rock success
Pray For The Weekend were previously known as Indiana but were forced into a hurried name switch after a female musician also called Indiana signed to Sony and saw her debut single race to number 10 in the charts.
Despite the new title the four-piece, made up of guitarists and vocalists Calvin Snape and Chris Horrocks, bassist Danny Simm and drummer Liam Clough, has not shifted its style or its determination to mark a mark on the borough’s music scene.
The band, which takes its influences from the likes of Busted and McFly, has a wealth of gigs throughout the summer lined up, including appearances at Tyldesley’s Cadence Fest in June and a slot at the Wigan Comic Con.
Bassist Danny said: “The name change means we have had to relaunch our Facebook page and all our publicity. It’s the same sound and the same music, everything is the same apart from the name.
“We’re really looking forward to the Comic Con. I’m a massive Doctor Who fan so to be playing alongside an actual doctor is a dream come true.
“We’re all massive geeks on the inside who are masquerading as a pop band really!”
The band, which came together following the Wigan Christmas lights switch-on last year, launched its debut single Our Love Story earlier this year and is planning a second single release for later this year.
Danny says the band is currently trying to decide between two tracks it has written and work out which one should be put out first.
Danny has previously said the idea behind Pray For The Weekend is to include all the elements of songs the band members enjoyed growing up, with Our Love Story’s anthemic and catchy melodic choruses and light, breezy sound so far going down well among Wigan’s younger music fans on social media.
The band was previously racking up the online success as Indiana, with more than 1,400 fans on Facebook and around 1,500 followers on Twitter, but will now have to try and shift its growing fanbase to the new sites.
The behind-the scenes changes have failed to dent the band’s ambition, with Pray for the Weekend securing a prestigious headline slot at Hindley’s Madisen Hall on July 5 at an event being organised by new music company Hit The Stage Event Management.
To find out more about the band, visit www.facebook.com/PFTWband or follow them on Twitter @PFTWband