Band launches debut album

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A GROUP of local school friends are hoping to make it big in the music world with the launch of their debut album this week.

The Gonzo’s, will be launching their album tonight (Friday) at 7pm in the The Cockpit, Leeds.

The four band members Adam Smith, Tom Hinchliffe, Lee Newman and Harry Sutherland formed their group during a music lesson at Boston Spa school 18 months ago.

The band, who describe their music as rock-based, and take inspiration from bands like U2, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Green Day, will be performing their entire album ‘Welcome To My World’ with support bands The Mexanines, Glassbody and The Swindells.

Bassist in the group, 16-year-old Harry Sutherland, who lives in Aberford and currently attends the sixth form at Boston Spa School, said he was excited at the prospect of the album launch.

“I am very proud of what we have all achieved so far. My dream come true would be to play at the House of Blues in America, or the London 02 Arena, which would be fantastic.

“I just want to be successful and hope we can be the best we can be.

“This is a good album, we have recorded over a period of time in a variety of places and I am proud of myself and all the other members, all our parents have been a brilliant support too which is fantastic.”

The group, who won Best Band at the Leeds AMP awards in March this year, a competition open to secondary schools across Yorkshire, are now playing as many gigs as possible in the hope of future success.

“It feels great to have an album launch, the cockpit is a smallish venue but has a good vibe so I am really looking forward to it,” Harry said.

The album is available to buy from iTunes today.