Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Local Music. They've Played Glastonbury and Secured Airtime on National Radio, All While Studying Full-Time. Vinyl Jacket Tell RUTH LAWSON What Lies Ahead for the Multi-Tasking Band

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Local Music. They've Played Glastonbury and Secured Airtime on National Radio, All While Studying Full-Time. Vinyl Jacket Tell RUTH LAWSON What Lies Ahead for the Multi-Tasking Band

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Byline: RUTH LAWSON

IT'S taken weeks to pin down frontman Ben Dancer for this interview but not through lack of trying on both our parts.

A UK tour, university deadlines and exams and a holiday (admittedly, mine) all contributed to the difficulties faced when trying to grab 15 minutes with the busy musician.

But once we eventually do chat the extremely polite Ben apologises profusely and even asks about my trip away, so I instantly warm to him.

And as we begin to talk it's obvious why the last month has been somewhat stressful for the five-piece from a small Northumberland village.

"We've just finished a DIY tour of about 10 dates stretching up and down the country," he tells me.

"We started off with a few in the North East then headed down to Leeds and then a showcase in London before finishing off in Scotland.

"We're all at university across the North of England so it's really nice to be able to get together and play live, it's something that we really love doing."

Being hundreds of miles apart isn't the easiest situation for a band who have only been together for around two years.

But it is a driving force behind the lads' passion to put on memorable and epic gigs whenever they get the opportunity to play.

Ben says: "It's not ideal us all living in different cities so we have to be very organised and the gigs we do play are normally showcase events so every time we try to make them a special occasion.

"One of the good things is that when we do all get together we want to make the most of every last second we get."

Having been fortunate enough to catch Vinyl Jacket live last year, it's obvious that their music is really hitting the right note with North East music fans as every time they do perform, it's to a jam-packed crowd.

But Ben admits they haven't always been playing the kind of upbeat guitar pop they've now become loved for. …

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