Brothers from the Omagh area are set to support the Kaiser Chiefs on their forthcoming European tour with their new band ‘Heavyball’.
Salisbury brothers – Matt and Howard – had a whirlwind year in 2012 playing festivals and gigs throughout the UK.
The group then recorded their first EP, ‘Small Town Hero’ in Huddersfield with legendary producer Dave Creffield (Embrace, The Kaiser Chiefs) which was released in May.
Howard (Habs) will be more widely known to Omagh and Northern Ireland audiences as the dynamic drummer formerly with Freerider where he played along with the Donnelly brothers and Matt McGlinn.
Having moved to London a couple of years ago, Heavyball were only formed in late 2011 when together with his brother Matt and best friend Johnny Iball, they began to play together. This hard rocking “ska/indie” band hasn’t wasted much time since its formation.
They are currently getting ready to go on tour next month with the Kaiser Chiefs throughout the UK with a few gigs also planned for the Netherlands.
Howard also said they have been busy writing new material and have been back in the studio recording their second EP.
“The big turning point was when Pete, our manager, took us on. He believed in us and when he met Mick Webster (Kaiser Chiefs manager) at Kirkstall Abbey in 2011, he gave him a CD with three very rough tracks of ours. Mick liked them and said we should record them properly. He put us in touch with Dave Creffield (James, Embrace) and we recorded the EP in February 2012.
“Here we are a year later, we’re about to release our second EP and go on tour with the Kaiser Chiefs, so I suppose things are going pretty well.
“We’re supporting the Kaiser Chiefs between February 7-18. It starts with a couple of dates in Holland and then we’ll be joining them for the northern half of their UK tour. We’ve admired the Kaiser Chiefs for a long time so it’s a massive honour to be asked to support them. Having gone to their gigs as fans we know that their crowd are always on great form – we can’t wait to get on the road.”
Howard continued, “The best definition we have come up with for our music is “ska-indie”. Although our music is based in British rock, it has edges of country and western and there is definitely a strong ska sound running through what we do.”
To find out more about the band visit www.Heavyball.net or listen to their EP at soundcloud.com/#heavyball
Tour dates supporting the Kaiser Chiefs
19 FEB 2013 Guild Hall, Preston, UK
18 FEB 2013 Academy, Newcastle, UK
16 FEB 2013 Spa, Bridlington, UK
15 FEB 2013 Apollo, Manchester, UK
14 FEB 2013 Alhambra, Dunfermline, UK
12 FEB 2013 Barrowlands, Glasgow, UK
11 FEB 2013 Sands Center, Carlisle, UK
08 FEB 2013 Tivoli, Utrect, NL
07 FEB 2013 Corso, Rotterdam, NL