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Cannock's Marquis Drive return with new double single

By Leigh Sanders | Entertainment | Published:

Cannock rockers Marquis Drive are back with a double A side single to welcome in summer.

Marquis Drive started out in Cannock

The Brit-pop-infused seven-piece have dropped Shine On and Unite, each with a differing serious message for listeners old and new alike.

Despite their subject matter, a spokeswoman for the band said: "They want to help you to escape the 9-to-5 and remind you that there will always be a Friday just around the corner. They write about frustration, dreams and hard work. The songs are upbeat to the point of euphoria, the anthemic choruses are set alongside the verses of everyday life."

Unite has a political theme, and guitarist and vocalist Eddie Thomas said: "Written out of the country being pulled apart, it looks at separation of the classes and lack of empathy.

"We're saying, 'we know it's bad at the moment, but it doesn’t have to be that way, let's join together and spread a bit of love!’"

Shine On looks at more personal struggles, with Thomas adding: "I've struggled with anxiety and depression, and this was written after I came round to understand what was up with me. The first step is to tell yourself you’ll be alright, there's always a light at the end of the tunnel."

WATCH: The video to Shine On by Cannock's Marquis Drive:

Shine on - Marquis Drive

To accompany Shine On, they've also put together a pub-based video oozing the atmospherics of the back street boozer, that was engineered and produced by George Shilling at Bank Cottage Recording Studio in Shipston-on-Stour.

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Formed under a wandering star somewhere next to the Wetherspoon's in their hometown, the indie lads are "born of a mutual love of football, clothes and great music," the spokeswoman continued.

"They boast a truly epic sound, in part thanks to range of guitar, percussion and vocals," she added.

Marquis Drive have a loyal set of fans, who continue to grow in number and become part of the extended weekend family.

Having built their strong reputation up and down the country supporting major acts such as The Farm, Reverend and the Makers, Stourbridge aces The Wonder Stuff, Shed Seven and many more, Marquis Drive released their first single Movin On in August last year to much acclaim, with more than 140,000 streams to date on Spotify alone.

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The past six months have been somewhat of a whirlwind for the band and has seen them land a licensing deal based on their first release and three clothing endorsements. They are planning further single releases for later in 2019.

As well as Thomas, Marquis Drive are Mark Hillier on vocals and acoustic guitar, Chris Eardley providing rhythm guitar and vocals, drummer and vocalist Con Saha, bassist Mal Flynn, Matt Drury on keys and Leon Harrison providing vocals and percussion.

Marquis Drive can be found on Twitter @MarquisDrive1 and Facebook @marquisdriveuk. The new singles, as well as Movin On, can be heard on their Spotify page or Soundcloud profile.

Leigh Sanders

By Leigh Sanders
@LSanders_Star

Senior sub editor for the MNA portfolio and entertainments writer leaning towards features and reviews. Get releases to me at leigh.sanders@expressandstar.co.uk

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