ALT-ROCK trio Annie Rockett confess themselves that it’s early days.
But if hard work was any measure of a band’s likelihood to make it, they are on track for success.
In between grabbing any gig they can get their hands on, the unsigned band have been busy in the studio recording their debut album while also hosting a weekly acoustic night at Herbert’s bar.
The Huddersfield band was formed in late 2009, but now, almost two years on from finalising their line-up, they are on a mission to move up the ladder.
Frontman and lead guitarist, Steve Blackham, said: “It originally began with me writing some songs acoustically on my own, and then a good mate of mine Ian Greaves got involved on the drums.
“We started playing together as a two piece and then we started looking for a bassist.
“It took a while and there was a lot of messing around; we tried out a couple of people and we had a guy playing with us for a bit when we recorded our first EP, but that all went a bit pear-shaped as he wasn’t as committed to it as we were.
“While still writing and rehearsing we were looking for the right guy to fill the void and then Dave (Gaunt) came along.”
Dave explained: “I didn’t really play bass.
“I am a musician, I play guitar, but I thought I’d just take it up to fill the void.”
The band say they are heavily influenced by US alt-metal heroes, Deftones, and pride themselves on their dynamic approach to rock music.
Steve said: “It’s rock with a bit of a twist.
“We’ve blended a lot of what we’re in to, in to what we’re doing.
“There’s a few funky bits, there’s some heavy bits and a lot of really nice vocal melodies over the top of some heavy big guitar sounds and then some really funky beats.
“We like to surprise people with the rhythms and play some really unexpected rhythms,” said Dave.
While most bands elect to have a separate lead singer and lead guitarist, Steve said he had become comfortable with doing both.
“I used to find singing and playing lead guitar quite difficult,” he said. “But I’ve been doing it for a number of years now.
“It just comes with time; I’ve been playing guitar since I was eight so that comes naturally now, it’s just arranging the vocals with the guitar parts.
“Sometimes it takes a while to put it together but as long as I stick at it, it usually comes off.”
The band recently played Zephyrstock and, along with their own weekly sessions at Herbert’s, are grabbing any gig they can.
Dave said: “We hosted a gig at Herbert’s bar and we absolutely filled the place on a Sunday night, so we seem to have built up a good fan base in Huddersfield.”
“That was what made us see that people are starting to take an interest in us,” added Steve.
Dave: “We’re taking it very seriously and working very hard.
“If we have any spare time we’re on the computer emailing contacts or trying to get into the studio.
“We’ve got some people interested in the product and we get loads of positive feedback every time we play a gig.
“We just need something to show off to people. We have an EP but it’s quite dated.”
Steve added: “It’s our old sound, before Dave joined, and it’s not a good representation of what we sound like.
“But the album we’re recording now is already sounding amazing.
“The music side of things is recorded and all the lead vocals.
“We smashed it out pretty quickly in about two or three weeks.
“We just need to do the harmonies and then mix it.”
While you won’t find Annie Rockett walking round bragging about their talent, the band are confident they are the real deal.
“It’s quite early days for us,” said Steve, “and at the moment we’re just taking what we can get but we want to take it as far as we possibly can.”
Added Dave: “Obviously we’d like it to be our careers.
“I’d love it to take us across the world if feasible, but even just taking us across the UK would be amazing.”