BAKEWELL-based rock and roll band Neon Railroad will be celebrating the conclusion of a busy first year together with a gig at Black Hippo in Matlock on Saturday, January 28.
Formed during the wintry days of November 2010, the four-piece band has gone from strength to strength since a debut gig at Stoney Middleton, playing to many family members and friends, in January 2011.
The band is made up of Charlie Jobson (vocals/rhythm guitar), Martin Townsend (bass guitar and lyrics), Sam Bradbury (lead guitar) and Tom Furnival (drums).
The poetic lyrics of Martin soon attracted Charlie, with his vocals and rhythm, followed by Sam with lead guitar. A drummer was needed and, as Martin knew Tom from a few years ago, he contacted him and a rehearsal was set up.
Since that first gig, the band have travelled to Sheffield, Derby and Matlock to perform. Neon Railroad are now planning on working up a small tour around the UK to widen their fanbase and are currently booked into the studio in February to lay down a three-track EP.
A wide range of influences include The Beatles, Gun N Roses, Queen, Oasis, Ocean Colour Scene, but, as the lads say: “All music is great and we just love playing it.
“Our best gig so far was in Bakewell when we headlined a night of music set up by Dave Kennedy. The venue was packed with fans and the feedback was amazing.
“The Black Hippo gig on January 28 is to celebrate the band doing gigs over the past year. Many thanks to Toby, the owner of the Hippo, for letting us put the event on. Support comes from Heretics, a Matlock-based band. Entry is free so please come down as everyone is welcome on the night.”
The start time is at 8.30pm.