Mar 30 2011 by Michael Pringle, Airdrie & Coatbridge
THE Vespas held on to their crown at the recent battle of the bands contest organised by the Coatbridge St Patrick’s Day Festival committee.
The event took place in Essence in the town centre.
It’s the second year in a row the four-piece band have walked away with the prize seeing off a formidable list of contenders including Restless Sinners and MK Ultra as well as a few traditional Irish music bands.
Added to their local victory the teenage band have impressed another few notable names involved in the music industry, drummer Mikey Dornan explained: “We played support to Pete MacLeod at the launch night of his single and Rab Allan from Glasvegas was in the audience.
“I got talking to him after we played and although you couldn’t print the words he used he said he really enjoyed our set. It was great to get feedback from someone like Rab as Glasvegas are doing so well.”
If that wasn’t praise enough then they also had words of encouragement on the night from industry mogul Alan Magee who was DJing at the event, Mikey added: “Alan played our new single during his DJ set and I also got the chance to have a chat with him, he said that if it had been 15 years ago we would have been signed by now. That’s a reflection on how hard it is to break through right now.”
The Vespas are attracting new admirers every time they play and now have a fan base round the 500 mark. Their followers are anticipating the release of the band’s new single Lucifer on the Soundwave Records label; that will hopefully be available by the end of June. The Vespas will be promoting the single with a retro style, low-fi video release.
They also have a couple of live performances lined up in May at King Tut’s and Stereofunk.
More information on the band can be found at www.myspace.com/thevespascoatbridge