It’s rare to come across a real rags-to-riches story.
But here’s one: barely three months ago the lads from EofE – Dudley-based pop rock group, were working shifts at MacDonald’s and rehearsing in their local rugby club.
Now, the band is slap-bang in the middle of a UK tour supporting Busted and McFly, playing the biggest arenas in the country. Luke Bradley, bassist, explains what it’s like. “It’s quite surreal really. It all happened so quickly. We were all carrying on as normal and then our management sent off a demo tape to Busted and McFly’s tour management and we were invited to be their support act. We didn’t think anything would come of it but her we are.”
This meant that Bradley had to explain to his bosses at McDonald’s in Wolverhampton that he would be taking some time off.
“I just said. ‘I’m not being funny but I have the opportunity to support Busted on tour’ and they were really cool about it, they’ve been dead flexible and I can only thank them for that.”
But working’s given Bradley and the others a good grounding. “We’ve all worked from an early age and it’s given us the skills to be able to do this. We can all interact and communicate well and those skills come from having a job.”
Musically the band’s a rock-pop mash-up, a sound exemplified by their opening cover song. “We like to play the riff of Smells Like Teen Spirit in the style of Billie Jean. The crowd love it.” And so far audiences have responded warmly to the band, even though they are a little-known group from Dudley.
“Our Facebook page has gone mental and we have a large Twitter following already.”
EofE will be playing this track, along with plenty of their own numbers, at the Sheffield Motorpoint Arena on May 19.