Band lets music speak for itself

Merry Hell
Merry Hell

A WIGAN group is preparing to build on the success of its acclaimed debut with the release of a second album later this month.

Folk-rockers Merry Hell will release Head Full of Magic, Shoes Full of Rain, showcasing the seven-piece’s unusual blend of folk, rock and punk influences.

The band, made up of vocalist Andrew Kettle, singer and guitarist Virginia Kettle, guitarist John Kettle, mandolin and harmonica player Bob Kettle, keyboardist Lee Goulding, bassist Andrew Dawson and drummer Andy Jones, build on the sound of their 2011 debut Blink...And You Miss It to produce 14 tracks of anthemic songs and wide-ranging but pointed lyrics, many of them inspired by their travels on the road supporting their first album. Bob Kettle said: “During 2012 we spent a lot of time at festivals, both playing as a band and because we really enjoy the whole experience.

“We really immersed ourselves in the sounds and the stories, which is where a lot of this album has come from.”

The album sees the band consider the effects of consumerism on tracks like Bury Me Naked and driving opener Loving The Skin You’re In, while the acoustic Emerald Green deals with the pain and separation of war and Waiting For The River describes life in northern, working-class towns.

The album also contains the rousing, gypsy-influenced andthem and live favourite Let The Music Speak. The album is released on May 20 via