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roadside, plymouth band first formed in 1994 after being inspired by The Stone Roses and those associated with the 'Madchester' scene to initially pick up instruments and form a band themselves . They grew to become recognised as being the most up and coming band from the region and were renowned for writing and recording their own material. This included three e.p releases , one in particular , Mrs Jones , their hugely infectious nationally released single which not only made No 1 in the local charts , it also spawned a 23 date national tour in 1997, where they played at various well known venues and also supported soul legend Edwin Star. "We didn't split up , we just sort of stopped" was the words of Duncan when asked in 2009 on Radio Devon as to what had happened to the band between then and now and this is a true reflection as there was no fall out with each other or their love of music they simply stopped . Colin Dower on lead guitar and vocals , Duncan Leitch on guitar , Steve Moore on Bass and Jamie Alger on the drums were still exactly that but they just weren't doing anything , work and family life sort of took over and organising gigs or jamming wittled away to non existence . In 2008 a friend of the band introduced Sam Davey , a singer songwriter who was touching on a style that the band felt close too, the band were eager to start jamming with Sam. Between them the band were willing to help Sam develop his song writing talents and play live with him. Sam was not taken by this idea and explained he would prefer to be involved in a team and wanted to be in a band and not on his own. Roadside are passionate about their music and it wasn’t long before Colin started writing again and they were all convinced that with Sam at the front of the band, It wouldn’t be long before their former pomp was achieved. So far, in a short space of time and having to start from scratch again, the band have written a new set of absolute modern classics, and recorded some of these songs at Portside Studios for a rough demo, involving the talent of Ross Mackenzie a close friend to Sam on production. They have played at The Plymouth Hippo venue and various venues in Plymouth and Cornwall, as well as local festivals including the well respected Ivylive, Run to the Sun, Soundwaves and Plymouth Volksfest playing infont of thousands of music lovers. Roadside have been hugely popular support for bands like the Wonderstuff, Ash, UB40 and Goldie Lookin Chain on their tours. The band are eagerly writing new material and perfecting their craft, as well as working hard on their publicity and promotion through their Facebook and myspace and twitter sites. This year they are releasing a live ep, which will only be available at gigs. They will also be releasing an acoustic ep and a charity single as tasters to there highly anticipated first album. If you think that roadside are the type of band you could be involved with, contact the band and see for yourself. Please feel free to leave your comments or email us and we will hopefully see you at a gig sometime soon. Much love!!!