They formed in April 2014 and take their name from Elvis’s character in one of their favourite films – ‘Viva Las Vegas’.
led by vocalist Josh Goddard with Scott Parkinson on drums, Ben Curtis on bass and Paul Hodson on guitar. They have been gigging in Manchester and attracting regular play on BBC Introducing in Manchester and spins from John Kennedy on XFM too. Their joyous guitar pop with soulful vocals, vintage melodies and rough RnB edges is going down a storm. Gigs included an appearance at Festival #6 and a monthly residency at Manchester’s Night & Day with forthcoming shows planned for BBC Introducing, Pretty Green Clothing and even a show at the Etihad Stadium for Manchester City.
On record they sound like The Avalanches doing Mersey beat and live they are a classic beat combo.Their musical influences are mixed up and informed by their regular presence in the DJ booths of Manchester bars and clubs. At home, the band’s current listening includes Ryan Adams, Soloman Burke, Perfume Genius and The Millennium.
Josh Goddard reveals his musical heritage:
“I was really into rap and hip hop when I was a kid, my brother got me into NWA and at the same time Weezer and bands like Ben Folds 5. I loved singing along to Cheesy R n B back in the day, I think Ushers 8701 album taught me to sing, along with a little Ashanti” “The
se days I’m massively into soul and R n B, Ray Charles, Otis Redding, The Spencer Davis Group in particular, Hold On I’m Coming is one of my favourite songs so too is Bring It On Home by Sam Cooke, which I cover acoustically. Stevie Winwood is one of my idols; his voice gives me goose bumps when he covers Georgia. I’m loving the new stuff by Bipolar Sunshine at the moment. My mate Adio, the lead singer, is creating a cool vibe and really nice tracks. We worked on some demos a while back so maybe I’ll make it onto the album somewhere in the background!”
As a boy, football was Josh’s first obsession. Although a Manchester United fan at 14 years old he accepted a 4 year contract with Manchester City playing alongside Daniel Sturridge, Micah Richards and Kasper Schmeichel. If he had continued down this path then he would have been the first Man City player for many decades to drive a Morris Minor to work. Josh’s car – a highly modified 1962 Morris Minor – is another passion of his. Josh hung up his boots and headed to Liverpool to enjoy a two year residency just yards away from the epicentre of the Mersey beat boom – at the (new) Cavern.
“I sung mostly rock and roll and soul, Mean Woman Blues, Lucille, I Gotta Woman, Bring It On Home, That’s Alright Momma. I tried not to sing the Beatles which used to wind the owner up! It was more fun singing the songs that inspired the Beatles.”
You need to have pretty thick skin being in a new band in Manchester – especially when sporting a hairstyle Josh describes as ‘a perfect bowl’!
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