Leeds band gets Kaiser Chiefs' blessing

The city's next big thing The Shakinouts, tipped for the top by industry expers

THEY have the celebrity stamp of approval and have gone from bedroom jams to interest from major record labels.

The Shakinouts are a Leeds band busy building a loyal fanbase and causing all sorts of music industry excitement while they're at it.

So far, they have been hailed by Matt Bowman from The Pigeon Detectives, Simon Rix from Kaiser Chiefs and even the musical pioneer Edwyn Collins.

Later this month they will release their debut single, Time You Were Told, a limited edition of just 500 copies that will go on sale at Crash and Jumbo records in Leeds.


The seeds of the band were sown when Alex Brook and Ben Hope, then both 16, met while working as pot washers at The Mermaid restaurant in Morley.

Ben, now 21, explained: "I had just taught myself to play the guitar, but Alex was already a really good guitarist.

"We had a jam, and he mentioned he could play the drums. We lost touch for a while, but when we were forming the band we needed a drummer, I rang Alex and it went from there."

Ben recruited lead guitarist and singer Matt Wilson while at college – "we listened to the same albums"– and through Matt met Jamie Williamson, who plays rhythm guitar and sings. The band's sound is probably best described as fresh guitar pop, built around instantly catchy melodies.

Obvious reference points include The Libertines and, with their dual vocal style, The Futureheads.

Ben pointed to Wakefield's The Cribs as another influence.


"We have two singers like The Cribs do. They are a great band," he said.

Shakinouts played their first gig at the Brudenell Social Club in July last year at a Teenage Cancer Trust fundraiser.

From there, more gigs followed with support for the band building up in Wakefield and Huddersfield.

But, and perhaps most importantly, the record companies have been sniffing around.

Contact so far has come from Parlophone, once The Beatles' record label, and Fierce Panda, where the likes of Ash, Coldplay and Supergrass launched their careers.

Ben added: "It feels exciting. There is a buzz growing about the band. We started for a laugh but we are taking things more seriously now."

For more details about Shakinouts, log on to www.shakinouts.com.

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