Singer’s return to his roots

Fighting Tides
Fighting Tides

A WIGAN singer says joining his new band has seen him come full circle and return to the sounds he first played on the music scene.

Pemberton musician Jack Valentine joined Cheshire-based group I Said The Spy after his previous band Avalin came to an end, with the newly-created five-piece renaming themselves Fighting Tides.

The group, made up of singer Jack, guitarists Ryan Williamson and Andrew Stubbs, bassist Phil Thomas and drummer Chris Forsey, recently crossed the Pennines to record their debut EP at Steel City Studios in Sheffield.

The group describes its sound as pop-rock, with drummer Chris adding extra programming and backing layers to the songs, but Jack says it also has something of the pop-punk vibe of his first band Smudge.

Jack, 27, said: “It’s definitely a little closer to Smudge and it’s nice as I had left that sound behind. It’s good fun to be doing that again.

“The most success I’ve ever had playing music was with that band. We got some really good shows, played at the Manchester Apollo and worked with a company in London, so it’s nice to relive that.

“I’ve known the others in Fighting Tides for a long time as we met touring with previous bands, and they first asked me to join when I was in Avalin but I said I couldn’t commit to two bands.

“Phil was previously the singer but didn’t want to carry on doing that, so as soon as Avalin ended they reminded me they had wanted me to join and that was it.”

The group’s sound is showcased on debut track Secret Lives which will soon be followed up by the as-yet untitled EP.

Fighting Tides are yet to perform their songs live but following around six months of intensive writing Jack says the five-piece is about ready to hit the live scene.

He also says he hopes fans of the musicians’ previous work in both Wigan and Cheshire will get plenty of chances to hear the new songs in the live setting.

He said: “We’ve been writing songs, dropping songs and writing more songs, but now we’ve got the EP recorded we’re really finding our feet and our comfort zone.

“Our plan for 2015 is to start playing live. We want to play a hometown show in Wigan and also in Winsford, we intend to work out of both towns.”

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The band can also be followed on Twitter and music is available at SoundCloud.