Hotly-tipped indie band plans acoustic gigs and singles

The Nouvelles
The Nouvelles

AN ACCLAIMED Wigan indie band has announced a series of acoustic gigs it hopes will be small but perfectly formed to build audiences.

Six-piece The Nouvelles will put on a series of unplugged gigs with just two musicians performing at pubs and venues which would struggle to accommodate the group’s full electric line-up.

The band, made up of vocalists Johnnie Jackson and Robyn Xanthia, guitarist Alex Hardcastle, keyboardist Ben Hesketh, bassist Neil Howarth and drummer Tommy Woodburn, will be appearing at the end of each month at the Edington Arms in Hindley, with the next appearance scheduled for Saturday March 29.

The group, which has drawn comparisons to the Arctic Monkeys and Stone Roses, also plans regular acoustic appearances at The Poachers Arms in Winstanley, while the full band will play at the John Bull Chophouse in April and the Wigan Live Festival in August.

Manager Geoff Martin said: “The band has developed the acoustic sets with Robyn and Alex performing, although the rest of the band will also be there.

“It’s a good chance to get people listening to the band in venues we wouldn’t normally go and play.”

The Nouvelles have also been working at John Kettle’s Jaraf House studio in Bamfurlong to prepare three or four singles which will be released over the course of 2014.

The band originally planned an album, but had a change of plan in the New Year.

The group has already recorded Shine and Rising, and hopes to prepare Baby Doll and another track, which will probably be Pretty By Numbers, in April.

Frontman Johnnie said: “It’s going great under John’s tutelage. We are suddenly getting offers of all these serious gigs we were only dreaming of just 12 months ago.”

The group will also be heading over to Johnnie’s native land of Northern Ireland later this year, playing four nights of gigs in Portrush during the famous North West 200 motorcycling races.

The band will also release an EP supporting the country’s football team when its Euro 2016 qualifiers start in autumn.

For more information about the band, search for The Nouvelles on Facebook.