First record for Cheltenham band Emmett Brown at Frog and Fiddle pub gig
TIME is proving to be kind to a Cheltenham band.
Just a few months ago, members of the group Emmett Brown, named after the scientist made famous by Christopher Lloyd in the Back to the Future trilogy, were heading to Hyde Park for a concert alongside Duran Duran and Stereophonics.
And the six-piece funksters are now taking their next step towards world domination in the pop charts with the release of their first EP.
Their record, Suburban Groove, will be available on iTunes as well as streaming music site Spotify.
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It is being launched at a special gig at the Frog and Fiddle pub in High Street on February 15. New music label Aquatix Records is also being launched on the night.
Sam Fryer, drummer with Emmett Brown, said the response since their summer gig at Hyde Park had been incredible.
And he added that the band was hopeful the record would open even more doors.
"We have been working on these songs for the last four years," he said.
"It was a case of looking at the ones we had written and cutting it down to five to put on the EP.
"Between us, as a band, we have about £6,000 worth of recording equipment which we brought together to make the it. It was recorded in a bedroom, although to listen to it, you would never know.
"This will give us a chance to send out our work to record labels and festivals. We've already applied for Glastonbury and the Isle of Wight festivals this summer."
The band first got together four years ago.
The current line-up – which also includes Joe Barton, 21, of St Paul's, Josh Daniels, 22, of Whaddon, Matt Oldham, 19, of Leckhampton, Dave Leongson, 22, of Winchcombe, and Bob Martin, 20, from the town centre – was finalised just six months ago.
Playing a blending of styles, Sam said the group should appeal to most tastes.
"It is a mix of ska, funk and hip hop," he said.
"There is a real groove in our sound.
"It's an amalgamation of different styles. Our influences are bands like Funkadelic and Sublime."
Around 200 people are expected at the gig, which starts at 7.30pm. Entry is £4.
Also playing are Swift Manoeuvre and Mad Apple Circus.