14:11 Friday 08 March 2013

Uttoxeter band get chance to perform with idols


ONE of Uttoxeter’s most successful rock bands are set to hit the road this month to support a major US act.

Town-based rockers Blame have achieved notable success over the last 12 months and it has culminated in a call to support one of their ‘core influences’.

US rock outfit and Grammy Award nominees Everclear have sold over 10 million albums worldwide and are embarking on their 20th anniversary tour.

In booking their support act for the tour, it seems that Uttoxeter group Blame caught the attention of Everclear frontman Art Alexakis who invited the band on the prestigious tour.

“It was amazing really,” Blame founding member James Brighouse told the Advertiser.

“We’ve had some really good fortune with Blame and we’re extremely grateful.

“I couldn’t believe my eyes when the tour offer came through.

“I remember checking my email moments after the alarm woke me.

“I read two lines and passed the phone to my wife as I wanted her to double check it.”

Blame will be supporting Everclear all across the UK, playing in O2 Academy venues, including those in Leicester and Birmingham.

The tour offer has not been the only good piece of news for the band over the last year.

The band – made up of core members Brighouse and Sam Johnson, as well as Craig Bunting, Toby Caffery and Anthony Weaver – achieved chart success when their self-produced debut single Floods reached number six in the UK rock chart and number two in the Vinyl Indie Single Chart.

The runaway success of the single saw the band claim over 10,000 YouTube views, as well as radio rotation on the likes of the BBC Radio One Rock Show, XFM and Kerrang! Radio.

The band’s second single Outsiders achieved similar success to that of the first, as did album Gracious Malady on its release in November.

Brighouse said: “I remember the moment we were first told our music was charting.

“We couldn’t believe it. I remember I kept clicking refresh to see if it was real.”

Alongside the likes of mega-sellers Calvin Harris and Labrinth, music provider Spotify heralded Gracious Malady one of their recommended albums upon the month of its release.

“I had no idea,” Brighouse admitted. “A friend rolled into work one morning joking ‘as if I don’t get to see enough of you here, I have to see you at home too!’

“He went on to explain that he’d gotten home the night before, opened Spotify, only to see our record on the home screen.”

Kerrang! Radio’s Alex Baker also twice named Blame his ‘Artist of the Week’ and the band’s online following has grown rapidly.

Blame support Everclear on dates across the UK including at Leicester O2 Academy 2 on March 24 and Birmingham O2 Academy 2 on March 29.

For more information and ticket details visit www.everclearonline.com

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