Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Who Knows Where This Band Will Peak? OFFPEAK Frontman Jamie Pick Catches Up with SARAH JEFFERY about Their Debut Single Release

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Who Knows Where This Band Will Peak? OFFPEAK Frontman Jamie Pick Catches Up with SARAH JEFFERY about Their Debut Single Release

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Byline: SARAH JEFFERY

NE band hoping to stand out from the crowd on the local music scene is four-piece rock act OFFPEAK.

OThe band, who hail from County Durham, are hoping their 'fresh new bluesy rock' music will help them make a name for themselves and are set to release their debut single. Feelings Stay The Same is the result of two years' hard work as OFFPEAK have spent the past 24 months writing material and honing their sound by gigging across the North East.

Vocalist Jamie Pick said: "My brother Robbie and I have always had guitars in the house and one day I was in the shower singing Sitting on the Dock of the Bay and he was sitting on the landing playing the chords to it and said I was a decent singer. One of my mates from school said he could play the drums so one day we went to a local rehearsal studio in Durham, and started messing about covering Oasis, The Verve, Stereophonics etc.

"We where going to call ourselves The Verb, as a joke, but we where rehearsing at an off-peak time, so that was that. A few weeks in to us joking about, Robbie said he had written a few songs so we learned them and he kept writing them and we just rehearsed and rehearsed. We played our first gig at Esh Winning Football Club in December 2013 as a trio - me, Robbie and Wally, our old drummer. Then in early 2014, Kier Hutchinson joined on bass.

"Our sound kind of developed as we grew as a band, and we didn't have a sound to aim for. We just play anything that sounds good and that we enjoy playing, which is the key thing - to enjoy what your doing."

Now a four-piece, OFFPEAK played the Hastings Rock Festival in March last year and recorded three of their own songs the following month. The tracks were well received and the band continued to write new material with the view of releasing an EP.

Jamie said: "Our music has been received really well and we haven't been booed off stage yet, so that's a bonus. …

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