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Revellers rocket into iTunes top five

LOCAL folk-rockers The Revellers say they are “over the moon” after their latest album broke into the top five of the UK’s iTunes rock chart.

The group launched their second record Skeletons with a gig at a packed Clickimin in Lerwick in September, but it only received a digital release on Monday (31 October).

It has steadily risen on the UK’s iTunes rock chart over the last 24 hours, and by 9pm on Tuesday (1 November) it was sitting pretty at No.5, overtaking the likes of Queen, Van Morrison, Alter Bridge and Bring Me The Horizon.

It also reached No.52 on the digital retailer’s main albums chart in the UK.

Vocalist and guitarist Magnus Bradley said the group were delighted by the level of online sales.

“We’re obviously over the moon it’s been selling reasonably well – it’s all very surreal seeing our band name in among the likes of Queen, Bon Jovi and The Beatles,” he said.

“With it being called Skeletons, plus the artwork that goes along with it, it’s obviously struck a chord being released on Halloween.”

Bradley remains “realistic” about the iTunes success, however, and expects to “sink straight back out of the charts” in the coming days.

From left to right - Adam Priest, Lewie Peterson, John-William Halcrow, Michael Anderson, Magnus Bradley, Erik Peterson. Missing from photo: Daniel Gear. Photo: Chris Cope/ShetNews

Banjo player Lewie Peterson thanked listeners for their support for the record, which features tracks like Get Away and Kamikaze.

“We don’t pay too much attention to music in the charts, but we have to admit it’s nice seeing the band name amongst some great acts we really admire,” he said.

“It’s a nice feeling knowing your music is getting around after months of work putting it together so thanks to everyone for the support and nice comments. It’s always appreciated.”

Fans will be able to see The Revellers in person when they headline the Lerwick Legion on Saturday night. Support will come from Big Time Quell, who are launching their debut EP ‘Greatest Hits’, and DJ Lyall.

They will also perform at Newcastle’s The Cluny on 8 December, Nice ‘n’ Sleazy in Glasgow a day later and Aberdeen’s UnderDog on 10 December.