IT looks as though 2013 could be THE year for Your New Antique.
The Huddersfield alt-rock band have new releases in the pipeline.
And the four-piece, who are signed to London-based label Animal Farm, also plan to release an exciting new video from a session in their home town.
The band are working hard to raise their profile and they have certainly had no little success in recent weeks.
They were delighted when Tom Robinson featured much of their work on his BBC6 show and that generated an enormous amount of interest.
They were also excited to be featured by the Guardian as one of their ‘Northern’ bands to watch.
A third publicity boost came when they were profiled by Counterfeit magazine.
But the Huddersfield lads are also equally excited by the interest being generated within the local music scene.
They have developed a close affinity with the Hoot music project, based in Bates Mill, and are already developing links with lots of exciting local musicians and with artists.
Some of those artists are already working on projects with the band, which was formed at Huddersfield University.
Artists such as printmaker Julia Clegg, video artist Marco Zaffino and Richard Oldfield are all collaborating on some of the Antique projects in the pipeline.
The band – frontman Jay Williams, drummer Ben Wallbanks, guitarist Rob Crisp and bass Chris Ruffoni – have also just enjoyed a gig in Blackpool with fellow Huddersfield bands Orchid Family and Escape Artists.
Now they are hard at work on new material and looking forward to their next single release, “Open Your Eyes”, which comes out on March 11.
There is also an EP of songs that they tested out in Lockwood, in a studio at the former Emmanuel Church.
Jay said: “There is a lot to look forward to in 2013.
“We’ve been together with this line-up for the past 18 months and we’ve been working very hard. We all have day jobs but we’ve tried to devote a lot of time to working in the studio and on new material.
“We have a couple of new singles coming out with the record label and also an EP of songs that we put down at Lockwood.”
Rob added: “We have all had a hand in it.
“We studied music technology at university and it is great to put some of those ideas into practice.
“Playing live gives us a great buzz but being able to spend time in the studio and work on material is also great.”
Chris said: “Another great thing is being able to work with a lot of other local artists and musicians.
“All of us play with different bands as well as Antique and we get the chance to work with some great guys. We have also been working with the artists and they are doing artwork for our new releases.
“We have based ourselves at Hoot and there’s a great music scene developing there. There is always a lot of stuff going on in Huddersfield and it is good when it comes together.”
Jay added: “We have put in a lot of work over the years. Ben and I first got together in 2007 and we have had the current line-up for 18 months.
“We are really excited about the new video due out in the new year.
“A friend of ours lives in what was the old church at Lockwood, which is an amazing place, and we did a whole session there which was brilliant.
“We shot some videos with Huddersfield film-maker and novelist Marco Zaffino and he was brilliant.
“He’s just great, he’s awesome, it could never be a hassle with him, we just messed around for a few hours and he filmed it and it looks great.
“It’s a set featuring a mix of both old and new material and most of those songs will be on the EP we plan to release in 2013.
“So with that, the singles on Animal Farm and the video release we have a lot to look forward to.
“We just hope that we can get the chance to really make that big leap forward.”