A budding Ripley rock star is hoping to hit the big time after getting signed to an emerging local record label.
Fabricator-by-day and bassist with The Swiines by night, Rory Black, 28, has just put pen to paper along to record an album and two singles with his fellow band mates at Belper based Sound Hub studios.
“It’s brilliant,” he said, “This is the first time we have gone through with this sort of deal- we have had meetings before with other labels but we didn’t really get the right vibe.
“But when we sat down in their studio with them we had some of the same ideas and the studio itself looked quality, so we knew it was right.”
Rory, who lives at South Pace in the town describes four-piece The Swiines as ‘Indy rock and roll’ with a ‘bit of a folk edge’ to some of the newer songs. The band, all from Nottingham apart from Rory, occasionally welcome lead singer Scott Bugg’s platinum selling singer-songwriter cousin Jake Bugg to deputise on guitar duties and cite Oasis, The Stone Roses and The Libertines as influences.
But Rory says the act, which also features lead guitarist Adrian Young and drummer David Taylor, are yet to adopt the trademark swagger of their forebears.
He said: “We haven’t really got that nasty persona yet, but then we haven’t been chased by paparazzi like them - I guess we’re more Noel than Liam Gallagher.
“You can be arrogant on stage, but if you meet us after a gig we are all pretty nice really.”
Although Sound Hub Studios had been tracking the band for a while, the label decided to swoop on The Swiines after scouts watched them at a sell-out show at Nottingham’s Rescue Rooms.
Their first single Love is Blind is set for the end of September along with a video.
Head of band development for Sound Hub Barrington Mole believes the sky is the limit for Rory and The Swiines.
He said: “We are really excited to be working with them and we’ve already got their first single on the way.
“There are no limits at the moment - as long as their work ethic is right and the carry on writing good songs, who knows if a bigger label is watching.
“As with all our bands if the big label comes along, we would be more than happy to let them move on.”