JUST over a year ago, four keen young musicians formed the band Shoot the Poet. Last night they played their first gig on a UK tour.
It’s been a non-stop few months for Dom Hansford, 22, Adam Morgan, 22, and Peter Aves and Craig Gilbraith, both 19 - and they’re all loving every second of it.
Last night, the self-proclaimed “new pop-rock” four-piece took to the stage in Edinburgh in their first gig in a two-week tour stretching from the Scottish capital to Bristol and Southend and back up to Newcastle and Gateshead.
The town band are still unsigned, but after deliberating about taking the chance and organising their very first tour they all came to the conclusion “why not?”.
“It’s just going to be a fantastic experience in itself,” said drummer Craig.
“We’re going to be playing in front of new audiences, putting ourselves out there, we can’t wait.”
After playing a lot of local gigs, things really started to develop for Shoot the Poet after they were named as winners of this year’s Vela Edge Contest.
That guaranteed the lads a spot alongside the likes of Primal Scream and newcomers Kodaline on the main stage at the Stockton Weekender.
“Things have just gone crazy since then to be honest,” added Craig.
“We got a massive reaction from that, and now we want to build on it.”
The lads certainly aren’t short of ambition.
Peter and Dom, who live in Elwick Rise, Adam, who lives in Warrior Park and Craig, who lives in Torquay Avenue, met through college and friends of friends.
Craig said: “We’ve got to dream high, there’s no point in having no ambition.
“Every band would love to sell out arenas, to play the big festivals.
“Realistically our first dream would be to do it as a profession, to get signed.
“That’s the thing with a tour like this one, all you need is one person who is in the industry or who knows someone in the industry to like what they see and you can go from there.”
The band are back on Teesside for a gig at The Green Room, in Stockton, next Friday, October 18.
The full list of gigs and demos of the band’s songs are available on the band’s Facebook page.