As winter finally begins to release its icy grip on the Lancaster district, three musicians from the Lune Valley have been getting to grips with a release of their own.
Jamie Walker, Luke Paget and Stephen Mildwater, of electro-rock band The Feud, flew out to Los Angeles, California in January to record their debut album and promote their sound to a US audience.
On arrival, the band settled into their apartment in Sherman Oaks in the San Fernando Valley, before meeting up with their producer Tim Anderson, who has produced for Lana Del Ray and Dizzee Rascal no less, to plan out their three month stay.
Just weeks before, this down to earth trio were performing acoustic sets around Lancaster, still enjoying every minute of it, and ended 2012 with a high octane performance at Bootleggers in Kendal.
Now being described as “rockstars” on social media, last Tuesday, they performed a show at the House Of Blues venue supporting American band Anberlin to a sold out crowd of 1,200 people.
Drummer Luke said: “We got a great reaction from the crowd and gained a lot of new fans which was nice.”
In an email interview with Luke this week, I asked him what the band had been up to so far, what had been their highlights, what was the weirdest thing they’d seen, and of course, whether they’d met any celebrities.
Luke said: We’re recording in a studio in Hollywood and everything is going well.
“We’ve got seven songs recorded so far and got another seven to do.
“We will most likely release an EP on the lead up to the release of the album.
“Nothing is set in stone yet and things like release dates are yet to be confirmed.
“The first week we were here we got to go the the NAMM show which is a huge music convention in LA and we met some great people there.
“Highlights have been recording our album. It’s something we’ve always wanted to do since we started music and now we’re actually recording it, so that has to be our highlight.
“The craziest thing we’ve seen?
“A bomb was found in a bus outside our apartment block.
“We had to be evacuated and then they got a small robot that looked like a small terminator to go and safely detonate the bomb! It was pretty crazy.”
With the Grammy Awards taking over the city last month, Luke said the band were invited to a lot of parties, rubbing shoulders with numerous celebrities.
“We met Dom and Chris from Muse and Emeli Sande,” Luke said. “Justin Bieber was sat on the table next to us at another party with his girlfriend Selena Gomez – that was pretty funny.”
As if all that wasn’t enough The Feud are playing at the world renowned SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas, next week, March 13.
“It’s a massive showcasing festival and everyone in the music industry is there, so hopefully people will take notice of us, lets see!
“We fly back to the UK on April 17, so are open for bookings from that date onwards, but we will be heading back to the US again for shows later in the year.
“So everything is going very well and it’s very exciting times for the band!”
Exciting times indeed. Check out the band’s website, www.thefeud.net, or of course like them on Facebook.
Kendal Calling Festival revealed its first batch of artists last week, with quite a few surprises already.
The award winning festival, which takes place at Lowther Deer Park near Penrith between July 26-28, confirmed Basement Jaxx, Primal Scream and The Charlatans as headliners.
Other acts confirmed so far are I Am Kloot, Mystery Jets, Ash, British Sea Power, Roni Size, Mr Scruff, Dutch Uncles and Public Service Broadcasting.
Tickets for the festival, which usually sells out well in advance, are priced at £115 for adults, with various other prices as well.
Check out www.kendalcalling.co.uk for further information and tickets.
And the Ribble Valley’s Beatherder Festival has also released an initial line up, with legendary Jamaican singer, musician and actor Jimmy Cliff, heading up proceedings.
Also on the bill is a live show from German techno duo Booka Shade, and performances from DJ Norman Jay MBE, Beans on Toast, Princy Fatty, Stanton Warriors, Cut la Roc, and of course The Lancashire Hotpots.
Special mention should go to the awesome Slamboree, headed up by former Morecambe man Mike Freear, who are performing at both festivals.
Tickets for Beatherder, priced £111, are on sale from the website www.beatherder.co.uk.