A WIGAN alternative rock band is preparing to embark on a new chapter after signing a record deal following a break while its members were settling into university life.
Five-piece Venture, whose diverse sound incorporates elements of everything from ska and acoustic rock to punk, returned to the music scene after a break of around six months by signing to Bristol-based label ScreamLite Records.
The group, made up of lead vocalist Lucy Burrows, her brother Miles on guitar and backing vocals, keyboardist Kate Mason, bassist Josh Fairhurst and drummer Michael Hargreaves, has had its self-produced EP from last year Stay True re-released by ScreamLite to whet the appetite for a number of singles to be recorded this summer.
The band will also play its first gig since August with a hometown show at Mortimer’s as part of the Thursday Club Live promotion’s monthly gigs on February 27.
The group took a break from music while Miles, Kate and Josh all moved to Huddersfield to begin their university studies, with Lucy and Michael also studying, but decided to return to the scene after rehearsing during the Christmas break.
Miles, 21, said: “We just started practising again during the holiday and realised we really missed it.
“We thought we had some good songs so I wrote to a lot of labels and we got the interest from ScreamLite.
“We’re now looking to play quite a lot over Easter just to get the ball rolling again, and then we want to play shows and tell people who we are.”
The group has already been hard at work writing new material, which Miles says has slightly more of an electric edge to it than the tracks on Stay True.
He says the group may also benefit from his and Kate’s experiences studying music technology on the degree course at Huddersfield.
He said: “The new songs still sound like us, but there’s a bit more of a punk edge.
“It’s mostly still acoustic, but we’ve got so many influences in the band that it just developed a more electric feel.
“My biggest influences are The King Blues and The Pixies with Morrissey and The Smiths for lyrics, whereas Kate’s into a lot of solo artists, Lucy is more of a pop fan and Josh likes his hip hop.
“Doing music technology also means we’re playing a lot of music which we wouldn’t necessarily listen to ourselves, which widens our perspectives and inspiration.”
Venture’s debut EP Stay True is now available at ScreamLite Records’ Bandcamp page or via iTunes. For information about the band, visit www.facebook.com/venturemusicofficial or follow on Twitter @venture_music