They return to the Jersey Shore this Thursday night for Songwriters On The Beach at the 5th Avenue Boardwalk in Belmar with special guests Harper’s Fellow and Broken Anchor.
English indie rock band from Bradford, near Leeds England. After years struggling to become known in England, the band rose from obscurity when their song “Beauty’s Running Wild” was featured in an episode of CSI: New York.
When a broken foot ended lead singer Danny Bemrose’s professional football career as a striker for the Huddersfield Town F.C., he earnestly decided to learn how to play his father’s guitar. After his injury, Bemrose struck up a close friendship with another former footballer, Stuart Nichols, who had played for rival Bradford City A.F.C. Bemrose taught Nichols to play bass as they spent the next few years improving their skill and making computer recordings to develop their music. After adding pianist/keyboard player David “Nova” Nowakowski, the band began playing the local music scene, rounding out their performances with a variety of other guitarists and drummers that came and went over time.
When Bemrose wrote “Insecurity,” which is featured on the “Heart on Fire” EP, the band began looking for a female singer that could compliment his vocals. Soon thereafter, Nova was at home playing The Cure’s “Friday I’m in Love” while his visiting schoolmate, Aimee Driver, was making a cup of tea and chimed in with the lyrics. “I just started singing along when Nova rushed in seeming really shocked,” Driver recalls. “I thought his dad had a heart attack or something! He made me stand there in his living room and sing to him – which was the scariest thing ever at the time. At first I wouldn’t do it, but he wouldn’t shut up so I just put my tea down, shut my eyes and sang…just to stop him pestering me. Danny recorded me on ‘Insecurity.’ The next thing I knew I was in the band. When I told my family and friends they were saying, ‘but you can’t sing, can you?’” Before joining the band, Driver had never performed in public.