A SHEPHERD’S Bush rock band are hoping their two-minute demo will help them reach the live semi-finals of West 12 Shopping Centre’s talent search.
New Manhattan submitted their single Try Harder for the Search for a Star competition, sponsored by the Chronicle, which is inviting budding young musicians in the borough to showcase their talent.
The band is made of four teenagers – lead singer Eli, 16, who shares song-writing duties with twin brother Noah and performs alongside bandmates Jack, 16, and Louis, 17.
They have already tasted success with gigs at a number of venues across London including the Barfly at Camden.
Eli, of Brading Terrace, told the Chronicle: “We saw details of the competition in the paper and decided to go for it. We all live in the area and have been playing together for about a year-and-a-half.
“I would say we play a kind of driving, stripped down garage rock sound which is quite tight, streamlined and melodic.
“We try to practise at least twice a week and play gigs twice a month. Hopefully our song will be good enough to get us up on stage because that is where we are best.”
Deadline for entries is Thursday, October 20 and you can email a two-minute mp3 file, no larger than 20mb to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Provide your name, date of birth, address and telephone number. Alternatively, post a two-minute DVD recording with the same details to West 12 Search for a Star, Pegasus Public Relations Ltd, Ridgeworth House, Liverpool Gardens, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 1PX.
Five semi-finalists will be chosen to perform live at West 12 on Saturday, October 29 and the following day two finalists will battle out in front of crowds to win half a day in top London studio Wendy House productions to produce a professional demo.