Hanky Park are set to rock the music scene after much interest from record labels, such as Warner, Atlantic and EMI. Putting Salford back on the music map, the four cheeky chaps are performing at Rumble At The Reebok on 11th June, which will be shown in America and Germany, among other countries. 42 million viewers watched the last event.
The four-piece Salford band consists of James 'Shinny' Davenport on vocals, Paul Cross on drums and bass, Adam Birchall on lead guitar and Luke Hinton on keyboard.
"We work really hard, right to the death" says Shinny, who has now packed in his boxing to concentrate on music "We've had to rehearse like mad. I think everyone is going to be impressed and it is going to blow some heads."
With musical influences like The Doors and The Red Hot Chili Peppers, the band has a feel of rock with northern grit. They will be performing three free gigs around Salford to thank fans for their support, starting at The Inn Of Good Hope on Eccles Old Road this Saturday, 14th May, and on to The Bluebell in Monton on the 21st May and The John Gilbert in Worsley on the 28th.
The new album, recorded in Mono and Rockfield studios, has been four months in the making, containing mixed genres of music. Neville Staple from The Specials collaborates on a track called Felo-de-se and the band is in talks with Paul Spraggon, Adele's lawyer.
Getting their inspiration from real life events and situations, Shinny laughs… "It's from alcohol, drugs and lots of sex. I'm 34 now and these guys are all in their early twenties. I leave it to them to do all this stuff. I am no longer the bad influence."
In five years time the band hope to be working on their third album and doing arena tours across the UK. They believe they have every chance of becoming one of the UK's biggest bands.
"I think we could compete with anything that is out there today…we could ride any show basically" Shinny adds "We have a very good relationship within the band; we are together all the time. I personally have never had that."
The band is also advised by ex Stone Roses member, Robbie Jay Maddix, who has a lot of faith in the band's success and future.
"There's no way I would get involved with any band unless I truly believe, with all my experience, that they have every chance of becoming the biggest band around" he says "They have the charisma, James has the voice and now they have the songs to back all it up."
And Hanky Park are hoping to create a musical riot at their first gig this Saturday, starting at 8.30 pm in The Inn Of Good Hope, Salford.
To see videos of the band, visit www.hankypark.com and you can also join their group on Facebook.
For information on merchandise or tickets for The Rumble At The Reebok event, contact Peter Dutton on 07901248229.
Words by Dawn O'Connor
Photos by Shani Hodson