Stirling rock band sell out debut Edinburgh gig

A Stirling-based rock band, who formed last year, are celebrating selling out renowned Edinburgh music venue Sneaky Pete’s.

White Novels, who practice at Good Vibrations Studios in Springkerse, got together during lockdown.

All aged between 20 and 25, they are Jack Bestow (vocals and guitar), Tam Kane (keyboards and vocals), Angus Kemlo (guitar), Lewis Dawson (bass) and Chris Roarty (drums).

Jack told the Observer this week: “The sold-out show at Sneaky Pete’s is our first show, with it being both a debut and headline.

“We can’t believe that we have been able to sell it out, but I can guarantee that we will make it a night to remember for all.

“It’s helped make our dreams come true after a year out of gigs and being involved in music.”

Tam, Angus and Lewis are from Causewayhead and attended Wallace High School. Angus is also a guitar teacher at Stirling Rock School.

Jack, from Baillieston, has family in Bannockburn, and Chris is from Cleland in Lanarkshire.

The band’s influences include Del Amitri, Simple Minds, Depeche Mode and Fatherson.

They are set to release their first single ‘California’ later this month, which was recorded at 45 A-Side studios in Glasgow in October last year.

Tam and Jack had previously been in bands Cats With Glasses and Capsaicin, but last year started to write and record demos together.

Last autumn they got an offer to play a live charity event for the Teenage Cancer Trust supporting Lewis Capaldi and The Snuts and the band grew from there.

The Sneaky Pete’s gig, with support from Joshua Grant and Indoor Foxes, is this Saturday, September 4.

Jack said selling out of the 100-capacity venue was down to the backing of family and friends.

He added: “We’re really excited that the show has sold out, the support has been really overwhelming.

“We are just so grateful to everyone who has supported this project with it being in the very early stages.

“The help and support of our friends, family and fans who have supported us in everything we do musically has been fantastic. If it wasn’t for them buying tickets it couldn’t have sold out.

“We’re also grateful to Creative Scotland for funding as well as Crowdfunding campaigns which have allowed us to record and focus on our band and music, get into the studio, and help with band costs.”

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