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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

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Acclaimed Cumbrian band Colt 45 release first album

A Cumbrian band being tipped for great things by the national music press release their debut full-length album today.

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COLT 45

COLT 45, a three-piece melodic punk outfit from Carlisle and Workington, signed to record label Visible Noise last year and were immediately booked studio time with top producer Romesh Dodangoda.

Today sees the fruits of their labours, The Tide Is Turning, hit the CD shelves and made available digitally on such global sites as iTunes.

It tops an amazing past year for the band, who stepped in to headline Cockrock when rapper Wiley walked out just 15 minutes in to his set.

Since then, they’ve toured the country, received plenty of national radio airplay and recently played the huge Download and Camden Rocks festivals, with Kendal Calling still to come.

They’ll also be launching their album with a gig at The Brickyard in Carlisle on August 9 and an acoustic set and signing session at HMV in The Lanes this Thursday at 5pm.

Drummer Adam Lewis said: “We can’t wait for people to hear the new tunes. We’ve worked really hard on the road and in rehearsal over the last few years, and these new tracks are the result of the three of us really pulling together and giving it our all.

“Playing at Download felt like a big step up for us. It was a huge buzz to play to so many people – we loved every second of it and just want to keep doing more and more”

Front man Neil Harper added: “The Tide Is Turning is actually a lyric from one of the songs on the album. It just stood out for us as a statement which really sums up how we all feel at the moment.

“It’s been a long road to get here, both individually and as COLT 45, with each of us playing in bands from when we were still in school. We put a lot of time and effort when writing the songs for this album, as we’ll never get a chance to do a debut album again!

“Launching the album at The Brickyard was an obvious decision because we’ve done so many gigs over the years there, we’re based in Carlisle and it’s just kind of our home venue. We’ve got some of our good friends coming from all over the UK to play as well, so it’s gonna be a great night.

“The HMV signing session should be a lot of fun too. It’s quite early on in our career I suppose to do it, but it’s really nice to be asked to do something like that and it’ll be great for us to meet and chat to the people who are going out and buying the album.”

Bass player Gareth Jenkins said: “Ever since we were we kids this is something we have all dreamed of doing and to able to record and release an album which would be available in shops everywhere is a dream come true.”

It’s also an exciting time for Julie Weir, who runs the label COLT 45 signed to, Visible Noise. Based in London for many years, Julie is originally from Workington.

“I am beyond proud of what they have achieved so far and this is only early days,” she said.

The album has already been met with critical acclaim by the national music press, with Kerrang! streaming the album on its website, Rock Sound saying: “There’s a new breed of blue collar melodic punk emerging from small town UK” and Big Cheese adding: “One of the UK’s best kept secrets, but not for long...”

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