Barry band Eskimo signed up by promotion company
4:20pm Wednesday 29th August 2012 in News
A BARRY band is celebrating after a promotion company signed them up following a major gig in The Globe (writes Julia Pearce).
On Tuesday, August 14, ESKIMO performed in front of a large crowd in Cardiff'sThe Globe and went live on air to thousands on Central Radio as well as other Welsh radio stations.
The six piece comprises of local Barry boys Alex Heywood (singer,) Ashley Bevan (bass,) Dominic Griggs (guitar,) Geraint Waddon (drums,) Jack Punter (keyboard) and Jake Connelly (guitar) - all aged 18 and from Barry Comprehensive or Ysgol Bro Morgannwg.
The set list for ESKIMO was well recieved as they introduced their new blues numbers 'Momma Said' and 'Where art thou, Jeremy?'.
Their cover of The Black Keys' 'Gold On the Ceiling' was a popular choice as the crowd applauded their efforts. The tracks 'Words' and 'Donkey Lover' also channeled the essence of The Black Keys.
The evening also featured other unsigned artists from around Wales who wanted the chance to promote their music.
Keyboardist Jack Punter was ecstatic with the crowd's reaction.
"The night was amazing," he said. Formerly known as Eskimo Soup, the band formed in January 2010 and has been developing a distinct alternative rock sound ever since, practising in each other's garages and living rooms.
Frontman Alex Heywood said: "The best bands are constantly evolving, experimenting with different genres to find one what really suits the band. We still haven't reached that yet."
The band is heavily influenced by rock bands such as the Foo Fighters as well as the classical blues genre. They hope to continue their success in the future, finding their identity in the industry, playing bigger gigs and one day even headlining.
Following their live performance in The Globe and on air, the band signed a deal with promoter 'Rudeboy' and are set to do a London tour in September. Band members said they were 'extremely excited' to take their music to London.
The band has previously played many venues in South Wales, including Undertone in Cardiff, Buffalo Bar in Cardiff, The Under Construction Festival in Cathays and The Barry Dockers, but this is their biggest opportunity yet.
You can keep track of the band via their Facebook page: facebook.co.uk/eskimoofficial for future gigs/ tour dates and preview their tracks.