Late Landing in early chart bid

Late Landing: Through to the final round in their bid to storm the Christmas chart.'Contributed photograph

Late Landing: Through to the final round in their bid to storm the Christmas chart.'Contributed photograph

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MONTROSE band Late Landing is through to the final stage of a competition which could see them challenge the might of the X Factor for this year’s Christmas chart-topper.

The four-piece hard rock band was approached earlier this year by the organisers of ‘Band Crusade’, a London-based internet campaign set up to try to get an unsigned band to the number one spot, and of the 100 bands chosen to take part they are now through to the final 20 after the initial public voting.

If they win the competition, which closes at the start of December, they will release a single with an accompanying video in time for the Christmas chart.

Now the lads are looking for a final surge of support from their home town to help get them to the top of the list.

Kevin Anderson, guitarist with the band, said: “The organisers found us on Facebook and we were called in to take part. We thought to start with it was maybe a con as we hadn’t even heard of it when we were approached but it has turned out really well.

“There were 100 bands in it to start with, it’s now down to the last 20 and we’re one of only two Scottish bands involved. We’re now looking for as much support as possible.”

Well-known on the local music scene and as Montrose Music Festival regulars the band, which also includes vocalist Ben Moore, drummer Nicky Pirie and bassist Paul Pirie, gig across Scotland and released their first album earlier this year, so are pleased with the extra exposure the competition has given them. But the opportunity to get in to the Christmas chart is too good a chance to miss.

Kevin said: “It’s getting our name out there and we’ve been trying to do that as much as possible but if we make it to the top of the list we’ll be the band that’s pushing for the Christmas number one, which is a bit mad really.”

Wes Metcalfe, from Band Crusade, said the campaign is a backlash to what they regard as “manufactured” artists dominating the charts.

He said: “The campaign has been set up by three music fans from Sheffield who have grown tired of the way the music industry is heading and who are hoping to reintroduce real bands back into the UK music charts.

“Band Crusade are asking the UK public to choose real hard working bands who write and perform their own material to the usual manufactured karaoke acts that are usually spoon-fed to the UK public at the festive period.

“Since Band Crusade launched it has been gaining interest on twitter and Facebook as well as many people sharing the music on the website.”

Supporters can vote for Late Landing on the campaign website at www.bandcrusade.com and voting, which is free, will run until December 1.