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Ormskirk band gear up for debut album release

'Kids on Bridges' signed by record label Wall of Sound

Kids on Bridges

A band from Ormskirk are preparing to release their debut album after being signed to the influential record label Wall of Sound.

Kids on Bridges, a rock, dance trio, are set to release Kidology after a  successful period of touring and recording with bands such as Goldfrapp and Friendly Fires.

Having played for several years as a duo of front man Chris Bragg and bass/keyboard player Danny Rankin, they recently added guitarist Andy Culshaw to their line-up and started to record what Danny describes as being their strongest material ever.

The album is scheduled for an autumn release and was proceeded by their first single, Walls, on May 26, which coincided with the 20th anniversary of their label.

The band have toured all over the world, playing in Spain, Japan and the USA, with stars such as Grace Jones and Les Rythmes. They also played with Snoop Dogg in London and wowed crowds at Bestival two years ago.

To top it all off, they beat Nile Rodgers to record a remix on the 1987 INXS hit Calling All Nations for a special Kick 25 special box set anniversary release.

The band describe the album as focusing on the art of deception with a unique blend of dance, rock and electronic music, the second single due out later this year is called Bankers To Feed and offers a harsh look at the current economic climate.

Danny, who started playing at the age of seven when his grandad took him to piano lessons, is feeling very positive.

He said: “We're on a roll at the minute; everything is lining up and I'm feeling really optimistic about the album release.

“We're all really dedicated, for example our front man Chris recently played four gigs straight without a break in between.”

Frontman Christian Bragg said: “Last month we went to Los Angeles to play a showcase for US labels too.

“We also played the famous Viper Room on Sunset Strip. It’s been really exciting for us and we’re buzzing about the release of the first single Walls.”

Guitarist Andy Culshaw said: “It’s been like a dream so far, flying across the planet and playing incredible venues. I was a big Guns n Roses fan as a kid so the Viper Room show was quite surreal for me”.

The release date of the album, which was recorded in Aliensound Recording Studios in Skelmersdale, is as yet unconfirmed but is expected towards the end of the year.