COUNTLESS bands and songs may have their origins at the pub, but Wigan rockers Bandit & Butler are proving being on the other side of the bar is no barrier to creativity either.
The four-piece, which formed when three of the musicians were working for pub chain J.D. Wetherspoon, is preparing for the launch of a self-titled debut EP this weekend.
The band, made up of lead singer and guitarist Jonathan Egan, lead guitarist Paul Whittaker, bassist Jamie Barnes and drummer Matt Gulliver, is hoping to make an impact on the scene with their multi-layered approach to alternative rock music.
Matt, 27, said: “Our set is quite varied because of all our influences. Jamie is obsessed, and to call it anything else would be unkind, with Queen, he loves the old glam rock bands.
“Jonathan’s a big fan of Biffy Clyro and his songs switch being loud and mellow parts, while Paul and I like bands such as Alter Bridge. My drumming influences are acts like 30 Seconds to Mars.”
The group will launch the four-track EP, recorded with John Kettle at his Jaraf House studio in Bamfurlong, at Manchester’s Academy 3 on Saturday evening, and has already secured a gig on January 2 at The Fleece in Ashton.
Matt says Bandit & Butler hopes to become a regular fixture on the region’s gig scene in 2014 and is also looking to land its first festival bookings.
Bandit & Butler’s self-titled EP is released on Saturday. To find out more, search for the band on Facebook.