Sirens making Sounds



Sirens blazing a trail for North East Music

Never a one to miss an opportunity for an interview in either the sporting or musical world Peter Mann Freelance Writer took in the opportunity to attend the recent Oxjam Durham Takeover, and bumped into some old friends.

With the looks and tones of Katie Barnard fronting the musical talents of Richard Firbank, Gavin Mark, Simon Adams and Glen Hodgson, Sirens in the Delta have the makings of a band that are going places.

Since the Summer the band have been the busier than usual, not only finalising details for the release of their EP ‘Revolutions to Follow’ but taking in gigs such as the Breakout Festival in Brighton and Oxjam Durham.

The band though, one of Teesside’s finest of a generation have been pushing things more than ever, and rightly so. If you’ve never heard them then do so, if you have heard them then you’ll go back for me.

Their diminutive Singer-Songwriter, twenty-something Katie Barnard said of all things Sirens: “Our EP, Revolutions to Follow was finished around the end of August so we’ve been putting tracks from that out there.

“The release, at Sticky Fingers in Middlesbrough in late October was done with a difference as we used an acoustic manner of portrayal for it. We enjoyed putting it together and to be able to work with Paddy Jordan again (who worked on Paris) was really good for the continuity factor.”




(Above image from Sirens appearance at Oxjam Durham courtesy of Jon Meikle Photography)

Prior to the release of the EP Miss Barnard and her ‘band of merry men’ had the distinct honour of winning the ‘Rock the House Discretionary Award; in June.

She added: “It’s parliaments only award for undiscovered Rock & Metal bands so we were all there for that and understandably delighted if not taken aback to receive the honour.

“We then had an appearance at the Breakout Festival in Brighton at the end of September which was a massive event and had over five thousand in attendance and was headlined by a band called ‘Funeral for a Friend;’ from there we did the Showroom Live in Middlesbrough and then Oxjam Durham Takeover all before our EP launch.”

Not resting on their laurels the band will be ‘dimming the lights’ several more times before the turn of the year, including consecutive Teesside gigs in early December.

On Thursday 4 the quintet are at the Middlesbrough Empire supporting Magnum, then, the following night, take in the Mink Bar where they’ll appear with Lost State of Dance.

With all that in mind fans have plenty of opportunity to take in the sounds of Sirens and their anthem Paris along with Dirty Attack, Weapon, Halo and The Attack among numerous others.


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About petermannwriter

Freelance (Sports/Music) Journalist

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