Modern Business raise roof at home-town gig

LOCAL teenage band Modern Business has struck the right notes winning plaudits and rave reviews.

And recently they played their first proper home-town gig that was a sell-out at The New Stalybridge Labour Club.

It was far removed from November 2017 when they performed at the Stalybridge lights switch-on that was their first-ever public appearance.

Since then Modern Business has played more than a dozen concerts, even headlining at The Factory, a famous venue in Manchester, where fans invaded the stage at the end.

That repeated itself at The New Stalybridge Labour Club where there was a repeat for the their final song from their playlist.

It was in the music rehearsal room at West Hill School, Stalybridge, where Jack Sykes and Jackson Buckley formed the band.

And it was through friends and social media posts that Ethan Eades, Olly Morrow and Tom Bradbury were brought on board.

Jack, 17, is the lead vocalist and from Ashton where he goes to the sixth form college.

Jackson, 16, is from Mottram Road, Stalybridge, also at Ashton Sixth Form College. He is aged 16 and does rhythm guitar and vocals.

Ethan, 17, from Ridge Hill, is drummer and a former Copley Academy student. He is studying at Access to Music in Manchester.

Lead guitarist Olly, 16, from Oldham, is a student at Bluecoat School.

Glossop’s Tom Bradbury, 16, is base guitar. He too is at Bluecoat.

Jackson said: “We appeared in Stalybridge almost one year to the day since we played at the Christmas lights switch-on.

“It was nice to appear close to home so family and friends could attend.”

Jackson added the band has evolved considerably in the last 12 months.

He continued: “We sound a lot different today as we have better songs, sound better and have a lot more experience.

“It has been a great year with 12-13 gigs, the main one headlining at The Factory.”

Jack and Jackson write most of the band’s material, explaining the Arctic Monkeys, Beatles and Oasis are influences.

Most of the playlist is their own material, though in Stalybridge they played Arctic Monkeys’ Certain Romance, The Beatles’ She Loves You and Donna Summer’s Hot Stuff.

Tom, the band’s unofficial manager, explained what started as a hobby has become far more serious.

They used to rehearse in the basement at Jackson’s home until complaints from the neighbours and now it is once or twice each week in Manchester.

“Our ambition is to become full-time musicians and establish ourselves on the Manchester music scene,” explained Tom.

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