Ska sounds with bursts of brass

Ska band RedEyed Jedi
Ska band RedEyed Jedi
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A SKA band is preparing to hit the Wigan music scene with its summery sounds and Caribbean grooves at the launch of its debut EP.

RedEyed Jedi, which has recently had its sound boosted with the addition of a full brass section, will release its first self-penned tunes on ReP.

The seven-piece, made up of guitarist and vocalist Danny Leyland, saxophonist, guitarist and singer Steve Horrocks, trumpet player Hayley Woodward, trombonist Jimmy Moult, cornettist Ellen Arnold, bassist Dazz White and drummer James Horrocks, will launch their album with a show at The Boulevard on Wallgate on November 29.

Danny said: “We’ve been around for about two years but we started life as a covers band so this is our first EP.

“We’ve spent the past six to eight months getting our original sound together and we’re very happy with these four tracks.

“The songs are driven by our influences and the bands we’ve covered, so they fit quite nicely in our live set too.”

Formed by musicians based in Wigan and Skelmersdale, RedEyed Jedi have provided a contrast to many of the bands on the borough’s music scene with their Caribbean vibes and laid-back songs, having originally become interested in ska through Danny and Steve’s involvement in the punk scene.

Danny said: “We enjoyed playing ska music and decided to build the band around it.

“We’ve now got people from different musical backgrounds, Dazz is quite a funk-influenced bassist and James is more of a metal drummer, and that mix has helped us create our own sound.”

The band will also launch a new website on the same day as the EP, and is planning a series of gigs around the region to bring the new songs to their North West fans.

ReP by RedEyed Jedi will be launched at The Boulevard on Wallgate on November 29. For more information search for the band on Facebook.