WITH the Wigan music scene currently enjoying a period of strong health and many acts looking to make their mark, Palace Arcade are one of the latest groups hoping to find their place in the sun.
The five-piece, formed in 2011, play a brand of alternative rock influenced both by British acts and modern trans-Atlantic bands such as The Strokes.
The band, made up of vocalist Jake Wilson, guitarists and backing vocalists Darryl Taylor and Jake Dullenty-Harrington, bassist Rhys Sumner and drummer and backing vocalist Josh Whittington, draw their sound from a diverse range of bands covering everything from popular indie-rockers such as Kasabian and Arctic Monkeys, seminal American grunge band Nirvana, pop-punk act Blink 182 and more progressive-influenced rock bands such as British act Foals.
Despite being reasonably new to the local music scene, the band are already aiming high, submitting one of their first recorded tracks for consideration by the organisers of the prestigious Cumbrian music festival Kendal Calling, where acts already confirmed for this year include Primal Scream, The Charlatans and Basement Jaxx.
Palace Arcade also hope to start making waves on the local and regional music scene, making an appearance for Wigan fans at town centre venue Indiependence on one of their regular Friday night bills for unsigned and up-and-coming acts before lining up further dates at Manchester’s Dry Bar venue over the summer.
Their live appearances so far, which have seen them interspersing their portfolio of original songs with a few cover tunes, have seen them take to the stage at venues in Wigan including The Tudor.
The band are also taking full advantage of the opportunities to promote themselves to prospective fans using modern technology, creating their own Android app which can be downloaded for free and preparing an official website,
Palace Arcade play at Indiependence, on King Street West, on Friday March 8, and will also perform at the Dry Bar in Manchester in April and June.
For more information about the band, visit www.facebook.com/PalaceArcade. Fans can also follow the band on Twitter or listen to their music on Soundcloud.