Local lads hope it's better second time around at O2

IT'S been nearly a year since The Warehouse Announcement made their first big splash in the music pool, finishing runners-up at Berwick Battle of the Bands 2009 - and they have lived life in the fast lane ever since.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 7th July 2010, 12:25 pm
Updated Wednesday, 7th July 2010, 12:25 pm

Not many local acts can boast a tour of America and appearances at prestigious venues in Edinburgh and Newcastle on their list of accomplishments for 2010 - and the group's diary is just as full for the second half of the year.

There was a new addition to the gang earlier this year when guitarist Scott Courtney's wife, Cheryl, gave birth to their son and after taking some time out to enjoy fatherhood, Scott is right back into Warehouse duties along with Paul Sinclair (vocals); Michael Goldsworthy (guitar), Steven Walker (bass) and Bob Wilkinson (drums).

The band were a hit at the Border Green Festival and are eagerly awaiting their return to Newcastle's 02 Academy tomorrow night, Friday.

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The lads played there earlier this year but due to another event taking place at the venue at the same time, didn't attract the audience they hoped for.

But hopes are high for round two and with some new material Scott said the band were itching to get back on stage.

Scott said: "Our first appearance at the academy was a bit of a learning experience for us. We realised that we made a mistake choosing to go last. The people who came along on the night wanted a drink and a dance and we could have given them that had they chosen to stick around.

"Unfortunately, the group on before us played mainly slow songs so before we came on most of the crowd had gone downstairs to the Academy's club night.

"This time around we are opening for another act so will be first up. There's zero pressure on us and we always rock it whether we're playing in front of 10 people or 100."

Songs like 'Sound of the Drums' and 'You Know Me' have earned The

Warehouse Announcement their fair share of fans and they are confident that recent tracks they have been working on will go the same way.

Steven commented: "I think our songs have progressed since our break. We know the people who come along to our gigs want a drink and dance and I've got a lot of faith in one of our new songs, based on Harry's Inn, where we played in New York.

"It's reflective of our trip to the US and has got that instant appeal. We've also got a new opener for the show and a whole fresh set really, it's getting tricky to know which songs to leave out!"

The big step for any group is signing on the dotted line with a record label and The Warehouse Announcement are hoping that they will be putting pen to paper some time in the near future.

Paul said: "Not too long ago I met Stuart Cable (the former Stereophonics drummer who died last month) at a gig and he was a great guy. I read his autobiography and it's the first book I've read that's really given an insight into life behind the scenes; hooking up with record labels etc.

"That's the next level for us but it's something that we're all still quite naive about."

Scott added: "We'd love to make the big breakthrough but for now we're just enjoying ourselves and taking things one step at a time."

As well as playing at the 02 Academy tomorrow night, Friday, July 9, tickets 6, The Warehouse Announcement will be appearing at The Maltings' 'No Crowdsurfing Band Night' on Friday, July 16 and The Rowchester Festival, Greenlaw the same weekend.