Albany are a four piece, ‘in your face’ indie rock band from Lincoln with a rough edge and one unanimous passion - to resurrect the British guitar appeal.
Written by Matt Duke, Albany's songs are set on delivering the notion that 'all great songs tell a story,' and with the bands' broad scale of influences brought to the table, ranging from The La’s, Stereophonics, Foals and Johnny Marr, mixed with the other side of the pond in Nirvana, Green Day and Kings Of Leon, their songs do exactly that - hit you with a relatable meaning.
After releasing their first six-track EP 'Lead The Way' back in June 2015, Albany gained an initial interest and went on to play a number of gigs including alongside Scouting For Girls at Mudfest in Newark, a headline slot at The Shed in Leicester and twice at The Fiddler's Elbow in Camden.
Following the positive reception of 'Lead The Way,' Albany were invited to record a live session in the Summer of 2016 for BBC Introducing in Lincolnshire and their presence seemed to make some noise as by Autumn, the band received their first review; ‘’As a listener you feel a connection, giving the group character which is rare for an independent act; when a truly great band rolls around, people take notice anyway’’ (String Buzz - https://stringbuzzblog.wordpress.com/2016/10/25/albany-lead-the-way-ep-review/)
Following this in March 2017, the band were selected to play alongside Marsicans and local band The Ultraviolet. This was part of the plugged sessions, run by BBC Introducing at the Engine Shed in Lincoln and was the perfect way to finish promoting their first record.
2017 proved to be another notable year for the band, with their highly anticipated second EP 'Outside The Lines,' being released in May. Following the footsteps of Arctic Monkeys and Reverend & The Makers, recording at 2Fly Studios in Sheffield, the new six track 'journey' illustrated an obvious evolved and perfected sound, quite rightly raising their game in 2017 and exposing them right into some spotlight of which they deserved - most notably being asked to support The Total Stone Roses in July, again at The Engine Shed.
With a modern take on the 90's guitar movement and roughened up around the edges from the punk side of their peers, 'Outside The Lines' had defined their collective sound as a band. They released ‘Found You Out’ as their first single from the record with an accompanying video, shot by Loki Films (Kerrang) and kicked off promoting the new EP with a couple of gigs further afield, including being the opening act at Fake Festival Chesterfield to an eager and sweaty crowd. The band also made their long awaited debut appearance in Nottingham, to which fell upon very open ears and an enthusiastic reception.
Albany were also selected as BBC Introducing's 'Track Of The Week,' in the Summer with the Euphoric closing track 'Impossible Dream,' and so in 2017 the band took a big step up into securing their place in being one of Lincoln's best acts. Their single ‘Found You Out,’ released in July was selected to be backing track to a showcase on morning TV in October and this saw a spike in YouTube hits for their official video. Closing the year Albany played their last couple of gigs at home in Lincoln, including a charity event at the Engine Shed Platform and their very popular residence within The Rogue Saint.
The wheels have kept rolling and quickly into 2018 of the back of ‘Outside The Lines’ and this year has been the most notable success for the band to date. After recruiting newest member and rhythm guitarist Jim DeAth, January saw Albany invited to Derbyshire to perform their newest material to the UK’s biggest independent indie label SoundHub Studios, based in Derbyshire. After performing ‘one of the best showcases they had ever seen,’ Albany signed with SoundHub to record 3 new singles. Following this, Albany were invited back to BBC Radio Lincolnshire in March for their 2nd live session, which aired on March 31st.
This year, it appeared that people were finally listening to their newest and ‘perfect sound,’ when the band hit the festival scene – most notably performing at Camden Rocks in London and The British Superbikes Festival at Cadwell in Lincolnshire, both receiving outstanding reception to both the band and their new material.
Not only have the band now found ‘their’ sound; a powerful, anthemic and soulful wave to be reckoned with, missing from today’s music scene, but they have also now clicked as a ‘great’ live band, generating buzz, excitement and a bit of hope again for those yearning the strums of an electric guitar again - testament to the accolade, interest and positive support they received over their 10 date summer tour.
With their newest and biggest song to date ‘Kingpin’ scheduled for release late October and with more dates in the pipeline, including the O2 in Islington and supporting The Velvet Hands as part of ‘This Feeling,’ quoted by Noel Gallagher to be ‘the best club in the UK for future rock n roll stars,’ Albany are taking their game right to the top and intend smashing 2018, giving back what the people want – an underdog rock n roll story. And as the songs relate; The TRUTH makes for a good story – so maybe you can come and be part of that story too? Waves are coming, #canyouswim?
Johnny Marr, The La's, Oasis, Stereophonics, Sex Pistols, Foals, Kings Of Leon