New indie-rock group rises above the storm

Abraham Saints
Abraham Saints

A NEW Wigan band formed after writing a charity single for a young cancer sufferer went back to school to find the inspiration for its name.

Abraham Saints came together after three of the line-up recorded Little Warrior for the Braiden Lee Prescott Appeal last year and enjoyed making music together enough to create a permanent line-up.

The six-piece band, named as several of the group members went to Abraham Guest High School in Lamberhead Green, has now recorded debut single Above The Storm and hopes to make a big impression on the Wigan live scene with its indie-rock sound influenced by the likes of The Verve and Ocean Colour Scene.

The band, made up of lead singer Nick Dickinson, lead guitarist Andrew Goulding, rhythm guitarist Mike Alker, keyboardist Marc Hope, bassist and backing vocalist Paul Southward and drummer Ben North, will play their debut gig at Orchard Street venue Sams Bar in April but will get the chance to test reactions before then when it is played at the DW Stadium during Wigan Warriors’ Super League clash with Wakefield this weekend.

Paul, 33, said: “It’s a big thing for us to have it played before the match, Mike is a massive rugby fan and we’ve got a few family members who are season ticket holders.

“I worked with Nick and Marc and they asked if I had any other songs. I had a few so we decided to build a band then start writing and rehearsing.

“I saw a book called Mohawk Saints and really liked the name but thought it was a bit too punk. Quite a few of us went to Abraham Guest so we called ourselves Abraham Saints.”

The band headed into The Lounge studios in Wigan to record Above The Storm, and will return there in March to commit next single Take Me Away to disc.

The indie-rock group has already received positive responses from radio play, and says the presence of Marc on keyboards and the members’ diverse musical interests both give Abraham Saints its own distinctive sound.

Paul said: “Someone said we were a cross between Ocean Colour Scene and The verve, and I’m a big fan of both.

“We use a lot of the keyboards on the faster songs and touches of organ and piano on the slower ones.

“All our songs written so far are quite varied and different from each other, and we’ve got a real mix of influences, including older stuff like Elvis and Buddy Holly.”

Above The Storm, by Abraham Saints, is available now through iTunes. For more information about the band, search for Abraham Saints on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @abrahamsaints