THEY started out at Huddersfield University – but now indie band Rigsby are hoping to hit the big time with their first single.
They release their first single Farewell To The Stranded on August 31 on the Avnon Music Group label.
Singer James Trevelyan, guitarist Anshul Kapoor, keyboard player Alex De Boer, bassist Simon Fitzpatrick and drummer Greg Sykes have just signed with the label, but have been gigging since forming at Huddersfield University back in 1996.
Anshul and schoolfriends Alex, Simon and Greg met on campus, got drunk one night and by the morning Rigsby were born.
James was not a founding member. The group tried out a few singers but did not find anyone who fit with their music.
He shared a flat with Anshul, who asked him to try out, having heard him singing in the shower!
Finally, the group was complete and began crafting songs and working on their melodic rock sound.
Perhaps they watched too much TV in those uni days, as their unusual moniker was inspired by the lead character in a 70s sitcom classic – Rising Damp.
Since their student days, the group have relocated to Leeds and have built up a strong following.
They have had tracks played in the SBN Network chart and had one of their demos, Mystery Machine, featured on a season finale of Channel 4’s hit series Teachers.
Rigsby have headlined at the Carling Bar Academy and enjoyed success at several festivals, including Guilfest and Lark In The Park.
Now, they plan to unleash the live shows their northern fans have enjoyed for years upon the London music scene.
They’ll be following this up with a wide-reaching regional tour and are working on filming a video for Farewell To The Stranded.
The aim is, of course, to promote their debut album Rising, which has already attracted positive reactions.
Virgin radio DJs ‘love the tracks’, promoters Live Nation have praised the songwriting quality and the quintet have been compared musically to Muse, Snow Patrol and, according to the head of music at Radio 1, have touches of Oasis, Manic Street Preachers and Feeder.
Or, as Alex puts it: “Rigsby are all about the songs – big fat melodies and brain-lodging hooks with a slightly seedy underbelly.”
To see if you agree with him, check out the next big thing at www.myspace.com/rigsbyuk.
CATCH RIGSBY ON TOUR...
August 1 – Popstarz, Sin Club, London. 8pm.
August 8 – Barfly, London. 8pm.
August 9 – Rhythm Factory, Shoreditch. 8pm.
August 14 – The Fly, London. 8pm.
August 30 – Nambuca, London. 8pm.
September 12 – Purple Turtle, London. 8pm.