Gig preview: The World Keeps at the 360 Club, Leeds

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Marc Gunjal, singer with Morley band The World Keeps, is explaining his five-piece outfit’s sound.

“It’s indie-punk-pop – a bit of a mixture,” he says. Me and Tom [Hunt, one of the band’s two guitarists] are into the commercial indie sound, the other three lads [Ben Wales, drums, Ian Tyler, bass, and Dan Daly, guitar] are really into pop-punk – Green Day and Blink-182 – so the sound is a bit of a merger. It seems to be getting some good feedback. It’s a bit different.”

Formed late last year, the band brought together two groups of friends. “Myself and Tom knew each other,” says Gunjal. “We set about looking for other people. We happened to know Ian, the bassist, as well. Ian knew Dan, the other guitarist, and he also knew the drummer Ben. So it was two friends then another three friends got together. We’re all local lads.”

Their first release was a single called When You Call, for which they posted a video on YouTube. It was recently played by Alan Raw on his BBC Introducing West Yorkshire show on BBC Radio Leeds. Now the band are following it up with a four-track EP, Rocket Science, which they’ll be launching at the 360 Club, the talent showcase run by Richard Watson at The Library pub on Woodhouse Lane on August 15.

“We’ve done a few gigs,” says Gunjal. “We headlined Morley St George’s Day, we’ve also headlined a local battle of the bands.”

Tomorrow The World Keeps are due to record their first radio session, to be broadcast on Alan’s Raw’s programme on Saturday evening. “We’ve been practising some acoustic songs,” says Gunjal, “toned-down versions of our louder band stuff.”

Having sold out their ticket allocation for the 360 Club, the band are looking to build on their growing appeal. “We’re looking to do a few more venues around Leeds, Wakefield and Sheffield,” says Gunjal. “We’d like to get on the Yorkshire band circuit then we’re looking to push on Manchester and Liverpool, the good band cities and towns.”

With prospects looking up, the band are excited. “The response we’ve had from the EP launch has been unbelieveable. We’ve sold out which is a good thing and a band thing – we’re going to have to let a few people down. But it’s good news. We’re happy to fill the place and get a good reaction.”

For further details visit www.theworldkeeps.com. The EP will be available digitally from iTunes, Amazon and Bandcamp.

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