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Wolverhampton's The Jack Fletcher Band to support The Racket in Birmingham

By Leigh Sanders | Music | Published:

Another loud sound is coming out from the North West to play their first ever show in Birmingham on Saturday - with support ably supplied by a Wolverhampton band.

Brought by Modern Age Music, upcoming alternative four-piece The Racket, from Widnes, will play their long-awaited first show in the second city at Sunflower Lounge.

"We’ve only ever been to Birmingham New Street station on our first trip to London as the band, so to us it’s a new experience," admits The Racket guitarist Michael White, whose band is influenced by the likes of The Sex Pistols, The Stooges, The Stone Roses and The Libertines. "Expect some poor attempts at Brummie accents in between songs."

Drummer Dom Eaton added: "It is our first time in Birmingham and I’m really looking forward to it. I think what people can expect is just a lot of energy and a lot more sweat. We’re going to put everything into it and show people why they should be paying attention to us."

The Racket are playing their first gig in Birmingham

Support on the night will be offered by The Jack Fletcher Band from Wolverhampton, while Dead Dads Club are travelling up from Malvern in Worcestershire to open.

Black Country music lovers will be particularly interested in The Jack Fletcher Band. An indie-rock four piece from Wolverhampton they have been described as 'real rock' with their 'stripped back guitar music, Midlands twang and their live-for-the moment attitude'.

After the split of his former band The Town, lead vocalist Jack Fletcher began his solo career before meeting fellow band members drummer Tom Robinson and bassist Henry Bradley on a music technology course at university. From this friendship and the introduction of lead guitarist George Hadley, The Jack Fletcher Band was formed.

They combine influences from Mod bands such as The Jam & The Who with the rock 'n' roll sounds of Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix.

A spokesperson for the band said: "With their unique and timeless compositions, youthful spirit and optimistic outlook, The Jack Fletcher Band are a group that will stand the test of time. They are a band that not only defines the present, but a band that embodies the culture and guts of those that came before them and will continue to do so for years to come."

The Sunflower Lounge gig opens its doors at 6.30pm on Saturday, with the music set to kick off at 7.30pm. Tickets are £5 in advance or £6 on the door and can be bought here.

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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