AN up-and-coming Uttoxeter band who have been making a big splash on the town music scene return to play their home venue this weekend.
Rockers Anonymous have fast become one of the tightest live bands in and around the town.
The band features members who attend Thomas Alleyne’s High School in Uttoxeter — Hayden Kirk, Robert Baynes and — while drummer Steven ‘Herbie’ Herbert studied the music technology course while at Burton College.
They are set to perform at The Old Star on Saturday night and it is a homecoming of sorts with the band having regularly used the club’s upstairs space to rehearse.
Manager Andy Hartshourne told the Advertiser about the band
He said: “They started up a few years ago and have done really well. They’ve learned very quickly and pick up songs fast.
“The main difference between them and other teenage, school bands is the fact that they are entertaining — they put on a show and don’t just stand there and play.
“They play a lot of rock material from the likes of AC/DC, Metallica, Green Day, Foo Fighters and Velvet Revolver, right up to more contemporary stuff like Paramore and Alter Bridge.
“They also write their own material, which is really exciting stuff.”
Anonymous have played Bradley House and are also becoming popular regulars at the Old Star, in Queen Street.
Hartshourne revealed the band have spread their wings further afield recently.
He said: “They’ve had two gigs at bike rallies, one in Rocester for the Uxonians Club and one in Alfreton.
“They’ve also played with the Vice Bishops at their Meet on the Ridge event at the Doveridge Village Club.”
The gig at the Old Star gets under way at 9pm and entry is free.
Anonymous will be preceded by ska act The Rude Boys at the Star on Friday night.
The entertaining and energetic act perform covers by popular ska and two-tone acts including Madness, Bad Manners, The Specials and The Toots.
Their lively stage act promises to get all those who watch their gigs dancing and singing along to some of the biggest ska and two-tone hits from the 1970s and 1980s.
Their gig also starts at 9pm and, again, includes free entry.
Further information on the bands is available online at www.facebook.com/rudeboyslive and www.facebook.com/Anonymous.band.uk.
Further information on the Old Star’s gigging schedule is available online at www.facebook.com/pages/The-Old-Star.
The Advertiser recently reported how the venue is in discussions with East Staffordshire Borough Council to keep its noise levels down after two residents living nearby made complaints.