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"Merry-go at Liverpool's Sound City 2009"

This quartet hailing from the north country, Wakefields finest,Merry-go, mix 80's power-pop and the best guitar music from the 90's and 00's compared to such 80's acts "BIG COUNTRY" and "DEACON BLUE", mixed with todays bands "NADA SURF", "U2" and "Biffy Clyro".

Their songs will have your hips moving asnd keep your head bopping.

A band that have found their own true sound in todays music scene... - Sound City

"Merry-go play The Hop"

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IT started with The Cribs and who would have thought it would have come to this – a thriving underground music scene in Wakefield.

For decades the city has been seen as the poor relation to our neighbours, such as Leeds and Sheffield, in terms of homegrown bands.

But now a fresh generation of musicians are determined to exercise the ghosts of the past.

The list of new talent is endless with bands such as The Labels, The Old House, The Spills, Lapels, Last Gang, Pavilion, Merry-Go and Something For the Weekend gracing the national music press – and these are just a few.

With its own record label, Louder than Bombs, two venues attracting and selling out to star acts, Escobar and the Snooty Fox, as well as the Rhubarb Bomb fanzine team, everything is in place for Wakefield’s underground music scene to become a major player.

Promoter Tom Newton, 24, believes it is time the city got recognition. He said: “People do put Wakefield down, give it a bad name. But there are a lot of talented people in the city who deserve a break.”

Many musicians give credit to hometown groups The Cribs and The Research for being the catalyst for the sudden explosion of the city’s bands.

Pavilion guitarist Stuart Pearson said: “We went on tour with The Cribs. They just asked us, they are friends, and they helped us out.

“It made us realise what you can achieve if you put the work in. That is what the ethic is with bands in Wakefield. Everyone helps each other out. “There is no room for egos.” As well as the work being done by the venues and promoters in the city, a big debt is owed to Jonathan Greenwood who was instrumental in helping the underground music scene. Jonathan, from Midgeley, died last year aged just 23.

He was the road manager for The Labels and also a music promoter who set up an annual music festival. Mr Newton said: “Jonathan established the Midgefest. He was one of the originals who got the ball rolling in Wakefield. He is part of the legacy. Hundreds turned out to his funeral.”

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RECORD DEAL: Matt Abbott, a former pupil at Ossett School has signed a record deal with Mercury Records.

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FORMER Ossett School pupils are making a name for themselves after their bands hit the high notes with renowned music labels.
Matt Abbott, 19, who left the school last year, has just landed a six-album deal with London-based Mercury Records.

Mr Abbott, of Wheatroyd Crescent, Ossett, performs under the title Skint and Demoralized with Sheffield-based partner David Gledhill.

The pair are recruiting a session band for a UK tour in October and hope to record their first single in New York in June.

Mr Abbott, who recently appeared on the BBC's Inside Out programme, said: “We started by putting free downloads on the internet, which is a really good way for up-and-coming bands to get heard.”

He described his music as ‘credible pop’, adding: “The songs are all about true experiences. I write about what has happened in my own life.”

Matt’s breakthrough follows on the back of the success of The Cribs, who attended the same school and shot to fame in 2004, releasing three albums on the Withita label.

Indie-rockers New Vinyl, formed by guitarist Johnny Davis and drummer Andrew Berry who grew up together in Ossett, could also be on the verge of success after having interest from several record labels.

Mr Davis, 22, said the band was looking forward to playing UK festival dates over the summer. He said: “With the success of The Cribs it has helped put Wakefield on the map. We are in this for the long haul though, we don’t want to be packing it in after three or four years.”

He said the band, managed by Wakefield promoter George Fisher, was waiting to find out if a booking at the Clarence Park music festival would go ahead.

Music fan Rob Whitehouse, who is IT manager at Ossett School, has championed the talents of the young musicians, and often attends their gigs at Wakefield’s Escobar and the Cockpit in Leeds.

He said: “New Vinyl are a great live band and I can’t understand how they haven’t been signed by a major label yet. I used to tell the lads off for looking at guitar websites during lessons, but it seems to have paid off for them now.”

He has also tipped bands Merry Go and Last Gang, both formed by former Ossett School pupils, for future success.

The full article contains 403 words and appears in Wakefield Express Ossett newspaper.Page 1 of 1

Last Updated: 29 April 2008 3:20 PM
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- Derek Lines/Wakefield Express/Ossett Observer


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"more ossett bands tipped for the top" - wakefield Express


March 2008 saw Merry-go as the featured band on the local Radio Ridings FM radio station .....June 2009 they have just put down another e.p with 4 new tracks with another 2 ready for putting down.
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The band began in 2002 at school and soon developed into the band you see today with only one member change.
Merry-go have played with a number of signed bands recently and are going from strength to strength with their ever growing song writing.
They are quite iconic locally and in great demand to fill up the local live music clubs.
Ain't it nice to be wanted?