South Yorkshire Rockers The Kamen are hoping to hit the big time with the release of a new EP and a performance in a national talent competition.
The band, whose drummer Chris Lewis hails from Mexborough, are taking to the Sheffield City Hall stage later this month in the area finals of the Live and Unsigned competition. The band are playing tomorrow night (Friday March 2) at The South Sea in Broomhill, Sheffield.
Chris told the Times; “We have been going for a while but when our new singer Andrea joined last year everything came together a lot better and it just felt right. We won a battle of the bands competition in Sheffield last year and decided to record some new material. The Live and Unsigned competition will be perfect to relaunch the band”.
Live and Unsigned is held in conjunction with BBC Introducing, major music festivals, and a musical instrument manufacturers. The live events are held regionally, and the grand final is at the O2 Arena in London.
Chris describes The Kamen as having wide range of influences from genres as far apart as 70s pop through to current rock but didn’t want to pigeon hole the band. The band includes bass player, Simon Fearn from Maltby, Guitarist, Mark Rendi from Thorpe Hesley and Andrea Oggiano studying at Sheffield Uni but from Sardinia.
They have already completed the first stage audition, which was held at Sheffield city Hall onFebruary3, and are set to play there again at the area final on March 25.
The band have been together for four years in various lie ups and are used to playing large gigs, having supported the likes of Dan Reed at the Corporation and 80s grebo-metallers Zodiac Mindwarp.
Said Chris: “We are building up a following of fans from around the area. people often say: “How come you lot aren’t massive by now?”The new EP from The Kamen will be available at the gig featuring four brand new tracks. Soon to be available at all major download sites. Catch them on http://www.youtube.com/user/TheKamenRock