These are exciting times for local five-piece band WhiteMoor.

The group, which includes members from Belper and Ripley, has been recording its second album at the illustrious Abbey Road Studios in London.

The end product - Horizons - is released worldwide through Belper-based Sound-Hub Records on Monday, June 3.

It was recorded with Frank Arkwright, who has recently been working with Johnny Marr and has produced and mastered records by top names such as Blur, The Smiths, New Order, Joy Division, Coldplay. Oasis, Snow Patrol and Primal Scream.

The eagerly-awaited album includes both of WhiteMoor’s recent top 100 download singles High Lights and All I’ve Ever Known, and the band will be selling early bird copies exclusively at the album release show, at the Venue in Derby on Thursday, May 30.

WhiteMoor have been hard at work promoting the album and played a number of tracks on the BBC at the weekend, including an exclusive airing for next single This Is.

In addition to this, WhiteMoor’s debut US single Remember Remember has just been released through American label Alexis Records.

The track featured on the band’s debut album, released in 2011, and has been picked up on by Alexis Records as they see potential for the song in the US with the possibility of a short tour over there later in the year.

On the subject of touring, Luke, Barrington, Benny, Louise and Tom are off on their travels around the UK this summer to promote the new album. After the show at The Venue, they will be playing gigs including The Hope And Anchor in London on June 1, The Shed in Leicester on June 11, The Maze in Nottigham on July 24, the Y-Not Festival at Pikehall near Matlock on August 3 and the Out The Box Festival near Alfreton on August 30. For more, see www.WhiteMoor.co.uk