Local indie band auditions for major TV series
Listen carefully and you might hear music spilling out on Sunday afternoons this month . . . because one local band is rehearsing particularly hard for a very special audition.
The four members of the all-original indie band, Yodaclub, have been invited to audition for a new nine-part TV series called ‘Thunder Valley Rocks’ at the end of this month.
The show – which is the brainchild of Malcolm Allured, drummer with Showaddywaddy and owner of 700-capacity music venue MFN in Shipley Gate, Nottingham – aims to find new original bands and showcase their talent, with the overall winner taking a coveted slot at a major music festival next year.
Corby-born Yodaclub manager and keyboard player Karen Rust (formerly Farmer) and her vocalist/guitarist husband Barry – who met at Lodge Park School – formed the band with Roger Arterton (bass guitar) and Steve Swan (drums), both from Northampton. The band has been gigging around the county for 18 months at music venues and festivals. They put out their first four-track EP earlier this year. It’s been played widely on local radio and lead track ‘Wasted’ has been aired several times on BBC Introducing. It was newest track ‘Radkol’ which got them the invite to audition for the show.
Bassist Roger saw an article online about the new TV series, which will be presented by Toyah Wilcox and is due to start filming in November.
Karen told Extra Local: “Unsigned bands interested in taking part were asked to get in touch – so Roger sent off a link to our song ‘Radkol’ on the spur of the moment! Next thing, we were contacted to attend an audition. It all sounds great – we are really excited to be part of the show and we’re looking forward to the audition gig, which will take the form of a classic gig at the Thunder Valley Rocks venue on Saturday October 31. Six bands will do a 20-25 minute set each with established musician judges appraising and giving tips after each performance.
“At the end of the night, they will agree between them which band goes through to the first live show of the nine-show TV series, which will be filmed two weeks later.
“The venue is MFN – an established live music venue set in four acres in Shipley Gate (NG16 3JE); about an hour and 20 minutes from Corby. Musicians I know have told me the sound in there is great! Come and support your local band, everyone!”
Tickets for the audition event are available on the website: www.thundervalleyrocks.com – £5.50 (including booking fee) to see all six bands. Click on the October 31 gig date and then Yodaclub to buy a band-specific entry ticket.
Karen added: “We’ve been rehearsing as often as we can. We’re all busy in the week so Sunday afternoons are our practice slot. We’ve had a few gigs recently including The Prince of Wales in Kettering and Sumo in Leicester, so that’s keeping us gig-sharp in the run-up to the audition.
“Barry and I have been in bands together ever since we finished university and came back to the area. Barry taught himself guitar when he was 16 and has been song writing pretty much from the point he had enough chords to get started with!
“We were in a folk rock covers/originals band called Sack the Drummer, which was well known in Corby in the 90s, and then an original indie four-piece called Star which gained some industry interest but eventually folded.
“Chuck the Poet (Chuck Middleton of Corby FM) famously and embarrassingly announced our imminent wedding to the crowd at 1998’s Sundaze festival at Rushton Hall when Star were playing!
“We’ve had a few years out having a family and being ‘sensible’ . . . but then the songs started flowing again and we got together with our old Star drummer, Steve, and Sack the Drummer bassist, Roger, to work on the songs together and have fun with music again.
“And then it started to sound really good and Yodaclub was born!”
She added: “The audition will be a great experience and we’re pretty laid back about the outcome. If we get through, it will be great – and slightly terrifying – and if we don’t, we’ve had a fun gig at a bigger venue than we’ve played before.
“The following Friday, November 6, we’re supporting 80s indie pop darlings The Primitives at The Soundhouse in Leicester, so it’ll be onwards and upwards!”
Listen to Radkol here: soundcloud.com/yodaclub/radkol-demo
Pictured above – LOOKING AHEAD: The band hopes local people will go and support them at the TV series audition in Nottingham on Saturday October 31.