Young musicians are back home in Indiana

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A NEW band hopes to have its finger on the pulse of music-loving youth with its songs influenced by the musicians’ favourite tracks growing up.

Pop-rock four-piece Indiana was formed after the Wigan Christmas lights switch-on last November and hopes to capture the spirit of acts such as Busted and McFly which were favourites of the band members when they were younger.

The group, made up of guitarists and vocalists Calvin Snape and Chris Horrocks, bassist Danny Simm and drummer Liam Clough, takes its name from Indiana Jones, the popular action movie hero played by Harrison Ford.

Although Indiana has only been on the scene for a couple of months the group is already aiming high, planning to record debut single Our Love Story at the studio owned by successful Manchester singer Lisa Stansfield.

Bassist Danny, 16, said: “Our aim is to play the sort of music which we all enjoyed listening to and air guitaring along to when we were growing up.

“We want really catchy, melodic choruses and a light, young sound. The lyrics are also all about things which matter to young people like parties and girls.

“We’ve kept a few of the pop-punk influences too, we’ve had someone say one of our songs sounds a bit like an early Green Day track, which is a very nice comment to have.

“It’s certainly a lot less lyrically meaningful than my previous band but I’m having a lot of fun with this project.”

Indiana’s members are no strangers to the Wigan music scene, with Danny having previously played in Venture and Keith Teeth and Friends while Chris has performed with Harry and the Ukes and drummer Liam formerly sat behind the kit for indie group Signal Aurora.

The band has also already enlisted some prestigious help with the songwriting in the shape of Chris Bourne from established transatlantic pop-rock act Hollywood Ending.

The group is currently perfecting its sound in rehearsals at The Lounge studio in Wigan and preparing to make its first inroads into the live scene later this year.

Indiana will play its debut live show next month in the somewhat unlikely surroundings of Hindley High School after a chance meeting between former pupil Danny and a head of year at the Mornington Road school, and has also been booked for Wigan Comic Con in June.

Danny said: “We’re essentially a band of sci-fi geeks, so to be booked for that is completely overwhelming, especially as it was the first gig we confirmed.”

Our Love Story, by Indiana, will be released as a free download on February 1. To find out more about the band, visit or search for the group on Twitter.