Indie band rising with debut single

The Nouvelles
The Nouvelles

A HOTLY-tipped Wigan indie band hopes its fortunes will continue rising with the launch of its debut single.

Six-piece The Nouvelles released Rising yesterday after heading towards the top of the borough’s music scene with a string of acclaimed live shows including a recent appearance at The Tudor during the Wigan Live Festival.

The group, made up of vocalists Johnnie Jackson and Robyn Xanthia, guitarist Alex Hardcastle, bassist Neil Howarth, keyboardist Ben Hesketh and drummer Tom Woodburn, has been working with producer and Merry Hell guitarist John Kettle in the studio on its music, which has drawn comparisons to the likes of Snow Patrol and Oasis.

The group is launching Rising by taking copies of the single to its gigs at The Cherry Gardens tonight, where guitarist Alex and singer Robyn will perform an acoustic session as part of a charity concert, and Aspull Civic Centre tomorrow.

The band hopes to follow up its debut by releasing its next single Just an Indie Song at Christmas before full-length album This Modern Sound hits the shelves at Easter 2015.

Frontman Johnnie said: “The demo version of Rising alone made the radio stations, so we are all really excited about where the final cut will go. We will follow it up strongly with another song which made the Freshnet shortlist, and we also plan a free download of our popular Shine tune for our web fans.”

The band originally formed around five years ago but reassembled in Wigan after deciding to sack its label and adopt a DIY approach to producing and promoting its music.

Fans of The Nouvelles eager to hear more of the group’s sound can also head online to hear a rather different aspect of the band in Our Wee Country, an anthem for the Northern Ireland football team which is available for free streaming.

The song was originally meant to be sale for the start of the country’s Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, but this has been held back due to the ongoing sensitive political situation in the country.

Belfast native Johnnie said: “ It was hard work trying to keep everyone happy but I think everyone has now said the song and graphics are great.

“It’s been hard because it’s for all ages and tastes, then the two religions which has been a nightmare. We will release it when the time is right.”

Rising, by The Nouvelles, is out now, available for purchase as a digital download at iTunes, Google Play and Spotify. For more information, visit or search for the band on SoundCloud.