Students take time out for gigs

A BAND of teenagers from the Causeway School have bagged themselves a permanent spot at the Prince Albert pub and plan to put out their first single soon.

All five members of guitar band Spaniel's Ears are 16 and balance weekly rehearsals and gigs with GCSE revision.

Having formed a year ago, playing just at school concerts, they have now started performing further afield and are building up a loyal fanbase.

Jad Holden sings in the band, backed by rhythm guitarist Nathan Ratcliffe, lead guitarist Max Walton, bass player Jason Kemsley and drummer Charlie Holman.

Their first gig outside the school was at the Counting House festival in Moatcroft Road last July and they have since played at the Prince Albert and Eagle pubs in their hometown and the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill.

The Prince Albert has since booked the teenage band to appear every eight weeks.

Asked why he and his friends had formed the band and were taking the time to combine exam revision with gigging, Jad said, "It is just a bit of fun. We enjoy playing music as a band because we are all pretty talented and our lead guitarist is actually off to the Brighton Institute for Modern Music next year – he is really good.

"We just enjoy playing music, that's what it's for. It's not really an effort, just something we want to do."

They want to continue doing it throughout college and have two songs recorded, When Will You Learn? and Hide and Seek.

With money saved up from their live performances, Spaniel's Ears hope to record three or four songs for an EP (extended play) single with Capital Studios in the next few months.

They can be heard on website www.myspace.com/spanielears.