Hard rocking Huddersfield five piece The Liberty Slaves are on the fast-track to fame.
Formed by bassist Craig Hopkins and guitarist Slug, the classic rock outfit have enjoyed a year to remember supporting rock royalty, including New York Dolls’ Steve Conte, Captain Sensible and the Glitter Band and Ginger Wild Hearts’ band.
Now the former members of Huddersfield rock crew Crush, are about to sign a deal that could see their profile shooting up.
Craig said: “We put the new band together in 2008 and it’s got to the point where it’s just going mental again – both here and everywhere.
“We’ve tapped into a vein somehow, I don’t know how it’s happened.
“We’re in the process of signing with a major PR company in London.
“There’s a movie coming out next year and we’re on the soundtrack for that.
“At the same time as that comes out we’re going to capitalise by putting our own album out.
“And we’re back in America this year with gigs in Canada and Seattle, finishing in LA with gigs at The Whiskey and the Viper Room.”
Lead guitarist Slug said the band’s classic rock sound had been popular with American rock radio and they had also been featured on UK station Total Rock.
“In February we released a track for a laugh to see what it did.
“We’re already up to about 4,000 sales just on that one track so we must be doing something right.
“We’ve recorded at the Grubbin in Huddersfield and it’s nice because we had time to go in and relax and think about what we’re doing and get bits of input which we would’ve never have thought of in most studios.
“The three or four tracks we’ve got at the minute have had time to breathe and grow and people seem to like them.
“We’ve had feedback from a few radio DJs that really like our stuff.
“They get behind it, so it’s quite cool to do something that people like.”
After limited success with Crush, which featured current Evile drummer Ben Carter, including two tours of the USA, Craig said he was confident they were really going somewhere this time.
“It’s very exciting,” he said.
“We had a meeting in Canary Wharf tower and we just looked at each other and thought we’re with the big boys now.
“When we got told what was planned for us we were like; this is it.
“You meet a lot of people in this industry who say I’m going to do this for you or I’m going to do that for you.
“But that meeting was the first with a proper big company who told us how it’s going to be and what they’re going to do.
“They laid it on the line and made us see that it is the music business, not the music friendship, it’s work.
“That made me think these are the right people at long last.”
The Liberty Slaves are currently the most requested band on US-based internet radio station Hard Rock Nights and Craig said their classic rock sound had really got them noticed across the pond and in London.
He said: “We’re old school, we’re not thrashy or emo, we’re good old fashioned rock ‘n’ roll.
“It’s all about energy and melody and putting on a show.
“It’s about having a good time, not wearing jeans and staring at your shoes and telling the world how miserable you are.
“It’s about an hour of escapism.
“We hope that’s what’s coming through on the radio – it seems to be working.”
The Liberty Slaves play The Parish on Saturday, January 22, Bradford Rios on January 29 and Sheffield Corporation on February 7.