THE musicians who make up new rock act The Will may seem quite familiar to some Wigan music fans.
The group previously made music as The Gekko but split up to pursue other interests. However, they are now back together as The Will and preparing to hit the scene once again.
The five-piece, made up of vocalist Mark Rawlinson, guitarists Adam Stewart and Craig Benyon, bassist Tom McCooey and drummer Andrew Heap, say their new songs are what The Gekko would have gone on to do had they stayed together.
However the band, which blends influences from the likes of the Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, Soundgarden and Audioslave, is also keen to emphasise The Will is a completely new project.
Guitarist Adam said: “We felt The Gekko had resolved to a natural end and we had achieved what we could with that project.
“Our musical tastes evolved over the period of time we were off doing other things so when we came back together we felt the things we had previously written didn’t properly reflect our current ideas.
“The exciting thing about this band so far is we have such a wide variety of individual influences and everybody is contributing ideas. Writing has been fantastic and I’m really happy with it.
“I think we’ve got a really unusual sound with a lot of different elements. A lot of people say our rhythms sound like Queens of the Stone Age but then we’ve got Chris Cornell-type vocal lines over the top.”
The Will have so far completed two songs, which have been recorded at Steel City Studios in Sheffield and are working on around half a dozen more.
The band has decided to release songs as they are completed through social media rather than through demo CDs, but say they haven’t decided whether they will release EPs or wait for a full-length album.
The group are also waiting to make their debut as a live act but Adam says they are itching to return to gigging.
He said: “We want to be really happy with the songs and have a solid set when we do step out on the live scene.
“We’re releasing songs piecemeal so people will know them when we play live.
“We were quite involved in the Wigan music scene as The Gekko so realistically if we’re going to do something live it would be around Wigan. Hopefully we will find a similar kind of feeling this time.”
For more information about the band, visit www.facebook.com/wearethewill or visit www.youtube.com to hear latest single Circles.