A PERSHORE pop punk band has urged Observer readers to get behind its bid to secure Christmas number one and a £100,000 recording deal.
The Purple Shades has been striking a cord with music lovers from all over the country since entering the ‘A Brand New Artist for Christmas 2015′ in April.
The group’s increasing support has seen them make it into the last 25 of the competition, which aims to find recording artists to be at the centre of a campaign to top the UK charts over the festive period.
Lead singer Dylan Boddy said his band, which includes Sam Hennerley on drums, Charlie Brooks on bass and guitarist George Bowles, were ‘shocked’ to have done so well.
“I am really pleased because we weren’t expecting the amount of support we have received at all,” he said.
“At first we just thought we would have a go, but now we find ourselves in the top 19.
“We have had a lot of support since we got into the newspaper and we have done well on social media, so we are very grateful to the people who have voted.”
The Purple Shades are an alternative rock/indie/pop band which not only writes and self produces original music but also has a repertoire of covers.
The band has a busy weekend ahead playing at both the Worcester Motorcycle Club at Perdiswell and then the Bromsgrove Beer Festival at Bromsgrove Rugby Club tomorrow (Saturday).
Dylan said he hoped the two gigs would help boost their profile before voting lines closed at the end of the month.
“Hopefully they can help us with the competition,” he said.
“It depends on how much we push it from now until June 30, but fortunately we have two opportunities on Saturday to really show ourselves off and say ‘we are in this competition, so vote for us’.
“I don’t know how close we will get to the top, but we will give it a really good try.”
To vote for the band, visit www.brand-new-artist.com before midnight on Tuesday, June 30.