Student's band signs recording deal

A City of Liverpool College student has clinched a recording contract that will see his band support top American rock group Fidlar at two major UK gigs in July.

Ronnie Ayres, who studies music technology at the College’s Arts Centre on Myrtle Street and is one third of the band Spilt who signed with independent Anvil Records in March and is set to perform at a punk rock festival in Brazil this summer.

It was during one of their studio sessions that Spilt, who write and perform all their own songs, decided to record some demos and send them to Fidlar's lead singer.

Ronnie (pictured top left) said: “We got a message back saying: ‘We don’t normally reply, love your stuff, it’s good’.  We couldn’t believe it."

Ronnie and fellow band mates Morgan Molyneux and Josh Cunningham, all 19, are still trying to take it all in.  The self-taught musicians formed their current trio aged 15 and have performed in pubs in Runcorn, Liverpool, Manchester and London over the past few years.

Fidlar asked the trio to support them at the O2 Forum in London and O2 Ritz in Manchester over the summer.

“Performing in front of thousands will be the biggest gigs we’ve ever done.” added Ronnie. “It’s not about getting known, we want to get our music known. We’re buzzing. It’s still not properly sunk in but we all just love playing and making music.”


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