Introducing Aquilo...

Ben Fletcher and Tom Higham AKA Aquilo
Ben Fletcher and Tom Higham AKA Aquilo

Silverdale based alternative duo Aquilo are one of several local acts confirmed for this year’s Kendal Calling festival.

This will be Tom Higham and Ben Fletcher’s first public gig since they formed last year, and Tom said the idea of playing a festival he usually attends as a punter was “terrifying but exciting”.

Despite it effectively being Aquilo’s maiden voyage, Tom, 23, and Ben, 18, have already had huge success with their music online.

Their new song You There has had almost 90,000 plays on Soundcloud, with comments such as “beautiful”, “incredible”, and “gorgeous” hinting at their style.

You There was also BBC Introducing Tip of the Week on Huw Stephens BBC Radio 1 show last week.

Singer Tom, formerly of guitar band Dark Con of Man, and Ben, from Cry Baby Aeroplanes, got together after discovering they were on the same track music wise.

“I heard a song that Ben had done on his own,” said Tom.

“I really liked it, and he said we should start something. Then we released the song Calling Me, which got the attention of the Blogosphere.

“We’ve just been writing for the last year, we got management and we’ve been biding our time.”

The duo create music using drum samples, production programme Logic, a laptop and speakers. They did one live show at The Yorkshire House in Lancaster last year for family and friends to check out how it sounded live.

“We run a few programmes on stage that give 50 per cent of the sound, and we’ve got a bass player and drummer for the live show as well,” Tom added.

“We’ve written a lot of songs in the last year, and they totally vary in style, some incorporate R&B, some are a bit more weird.

The EP is very diverse in terms of genre.

“We play the Calling Out Stage at Kendal Calling. I’m nervous, it’s a show I always go to, so to play it is just amazing.”

Aquilo’s debut EP You There is released via iTunes and Amazon on April 7.

An album is also on the horizon.

They join local acts Joe McCorriston, The Lumberjack Cowboy Heartbreak Trucking Co, Gritty Britain, Baksheesh, Alex Hulme and Bondax at Kendal Calling (August 1-3), which also includes Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls, Suede, De La Soul and Razorlight among others.