Bury band The Gramotones to go on UK tour

The Gramotones. Mike Atkins Photography.

The Gramotones. Mike Atkins Photography.

First published in News This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A Bury band is to tour the country after it recorded new songs at the studio of music legend Paul Weller.

The Gramotones will take in cities such as Birmingham, Liverpool and Glasgow, as well as their native Manchester, next month.

The shows come on the back of recording sessions at the studio of Paul Weller, the former frontman of The Jam, at his studio in Surrey.

The group were spotted by the drummer in Weller’s band while performing in Liverpool, and the legendary musician even mentioned one of their songs as his favourites of 2013, alongside efforts from David Bowie, Paul McCartney and Arctic Monkeys.

Bassist Ryan Comac, of Meadowcroft, Radcliffe, said he is looking forward to taking their show out on the road.

The 22-year-old said: “It has been a long time coming. We haven’t gigged for over a year so it will be good to get out there and give the new songs an airing. We looked at where we went down well when we toured with Steve Craddock.

"They were really receptive in Glasgow and Bristol, and it will be good to get back playing in Manchester.”

Ryan says the group will soon be releasing the songs which they recorded at Weller’s studio, and that it has been a pleasure to be associated with such a high-profile act.

He added: “It is just good to get credit like that. If nothing ever happens, it’s just the fact that somebody like that has come out and supported us. It’s amazing.”

Their Manchester show at The Castle in Oldham Street sold out within three days, and the group are hoping to either upgrade to a bigger venue, or add another date.

The group, who are influenced bands such as The Hollies and The Beach Boys, formed nearly two years ago after Ryan met drummer James Cardus while studying at Bury College, and joined with Jake Fletcher and Sid Cooper, who are both based in Oldham.

For tickets: visit ents24.com/uk/tour-dates/the-gramotones.

For more information: visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/gramotones

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