WIGAN indie rockers The Relays will continue their return to the live arena when they take to the stage at Indiepedence next week.
The five-piece, comprised of vocalist and guitarist Adam Redmond, lead guitarist James Borland, synth player and percussionist Zak Higham, bassist Paul Hitchen and drummer Ben Yates, will perform at the King Street West venue.
The band, who reformed late last year with a new line-up, warmed up for their Indiependence gig with a successful slot at The Tudor last month.
The new quintet have also been writing a completely different set of songs, including You Invented Horror which is being advertised as a single on The Relays’ Facebook page, and guitarist Adam says he can’t wait to show off the band’s new, more electronic, sound.
He said: “The last time we played in Wigan was at The Tudor and it was packed to the rafters, people seem to have got really excited about us in quite a short space of time.
“This is a completely different project from the previous line-up but we thought we would keep the name as people recognised it.
“It’s going really well, we’re all best friends and there’s a really good feel about the band at the moment.
“The new members have really brought a lot of new influences and ideas to the band. Our guitarist is into a lot of modern stuff, that’s where we get our electronic influences from, and our drummer likes a really wide variety of music.
“I would say our new sound is quite up-to-date, although we’re still influenced by bands like Oasis, The Beatles and The Stone Roses, and it’s still really anthemic.”
The band have also built up a following in their guitarist’s hometown of Oldham, and hope to play a gig in Manchester this summer for their fans from across the North West.
They are also currently in talks with a label to secure a record deal, and hope to have a demo available for free download by the end of this year, which will also have a video and a single.
The Relays will play at Indiependence on Friday, May 18, with doors opening at 8pm.
Support will be provided by The Empire and Dan The Thief, and tickets are £4 on entry.