A YOUNG Harrogate ‘indie’ band is stepping up its music career despite its members setting off for university.
The Dukes of Bevington, a teenage trio playing adventurous pop-rock, are former students of St Aidan’s School.
Having appeared recently at the CultureShock festival at the Great Yorkshire Showground and on the main stage at the 02 Academy in Leeds, the three band members are all heading off to different universities in September.
Rather than splitting up, as many bands have done in the same circumstances, Scott Quinn (vocals/bass) Christian Davies (lead guitar), and James Locke (drums) aim to grow a larger fan base.
In order to do this The Dukes, who finished runners-up in the 2010 AMP Awards competition, are creating a more professional image; releasing a promotional music video, launching their own website, releasing a new four- track EP, and selling an all new range of merchandise.
To create attention for their new EP, a popular unreleased song, In The Crowd, and snippets of video footage from their summer gigs is now on their social media sites.
Among The Dukes of Bevington’s recent live shows have been BBC Radio York’s Introducing Show, supporting Ivyrise at The Cockpit on Leeds, supported fellow Harrogate band Oceans at their launch night at The Crown Hotel, and headlining the Rebel Night at The Viper Rooms in Harrogate.
The band’s forthcoming EP includes all-new material with Spent as the title track plus Time, Stars and one song which is currently untitled.
The youngsters have been working with Hazel Plummer who does a lot of work for BBC and has worked with The Pigeon Detectives. Towards the end of the year, the band will be promoting the new EP and title track Spent with a music video and live shows in the Harrogate area.