TV series trial leads to gigs galore for local band
“WE’RE chalking it up to experience.” That’s the verdict of members of local band ‘Yodaclub’, who auditioned for a new TV talent series, but have just been told they were not chosen to feature.
The four members of the all-original indie band tried out for ‘Thunder Valley Rocks’ – which is the brainchild of Malcolm Allured, drummer with Showaddywaddy. The TV series aims to find and showcase new bands, with the overall winner taking a coveted slot at a major music festival next year.
Corby-born Yodaclub manager and keyboard player Karen Rust told Extra Local: “We weren’t one of the six bands selected for the TV pilot show out of the 45 who auditioned. Our bassist (Roger Arterton, from Northampton) is a bit disappointed, but having seen a bit more of the set-up I’m OK with it and chalking it up to experience.”
The band’s audition gig was at the end of October in Nottingham. Karen said: “The standard on the night was very high musically and we held our own, so it’s been a good confidence boost for Yodaclub generally.
“We went on to support The Primitives at The Soundhouse in Leicester on November 6 and that was fab. Great venue, great to hear all the hits from that band after such a long time. Vocalist Tracy Tracy was lovely and signed our original vinyl plus we got a shout out on Steve Lamacq’s 6 music show the night before and he dedicated a Primitives track to me on the Friday, so I was very pleased with that!”
Karen – who met her vocalist/guitarist husband Barry at Corby’s Lodge Park School – added: “Off the back of that, we’ve started booking a lot of gigs in Leicester, which has a very vibrant original indie music scene – so lots of gigs and venues for us to click into. Our drummer (Steve Swan, from Northampton) has just had a knee op, so is out for four weeks, but Barry and I are doing several acoustic duo gigs until Christmas and Barry is being locked in a room to finish off some of the 15-odd songs in various states of completion he has buzzing around!
“We kick off with our first full band date again on Friday January 22, from 8pm, at Duffys Bar in Leicester, along with two other bands being showcased.”
VOCAL HARMONY: Karen Rust – Corby-based vocalist from Yodaclub – is pictured above with The Primitives’ Tracy Tracy.