In with the new as The Ravadas return

The Ravadas
The Ravadas

A WIGAN indie band is writing an all-new chapter in its history after returning to the local music scene following a break of almost two years.

Four-piece The Ravadas split up following a gig at Indiependence due to personal issues, but has now returned with a new line-up and a setlist full of freshly-written songs.

The band, made up of frontman Daryll Nesmenajow, guitarist Paul Harris, bassist Simon Edwards and drummer Paul O’Leary, play an eclectic take on indie music which includes in its sound everything from heavy rock riffs to elements of dance and bluegrass.

The group will make its live comeback at Manchester’s Night and Day Cafe this weekend before performing at The Tudor House Hotel next month, having given fans a sneak preview of the new group with an acoustic set at last year’s Wigan Live festival.

Swinley musician Daryll, 41, said: “I love playing live, The Tudor is a fantastic place which I’ve played a few times before. We’ve done an acoustic set but these will be the full-on band.

“Our sound is quite varied which should hopefully make an interesting live set. Sometimes you see an indie band and the first few songs are good but then they all become quite similar after a while.

“The band has always been playing the indie genre but there’s a multitude of styles in the new songs and they should be slightly different to what they’ve played before.”

Although he recently joined The Ravadas, Daryll is no stranger to the Wigan live scene having previously played in the band Wash.

He returned to the UK around eight months ago after more than a year in the Australian city of Brisbane, and is looking forward to playing music again after admitting finding the scene Down Under something of a disappointment.

He said: “It was a lot of acoustics music, acts with a couple of guys playing guitars. It was all a bit middle of the road and there seemed to be no real edge to it.

“Australia was great, but not good enough to leave everything and everyone behind. I also like how compact Wigan and England is, you can be in London in two hours.”

The band has been writing material since reforming, and Daryll says the musicians have decided not to revisit their older tracks.

The Ravadas are also planning to decamp to Scout Hut Records to commit some of the new tracks to disc later this year.

Daryll said: “I don’t think we will be getting the old songs out, all the ones we are doing are new. We’d have to contact the old members to get permissions to use the songs and we want to be moving on as a band.”

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