A LOCAL rock ’n’ roll group say they are “over the moon” after striking a deal with a US-based record label.
The Isaac Webb Trio are now on the roster of respected Los Angeles label Wild Records, which was founded nearly two decades ago to promote 1950 and 60s inspired rock ’n’ roll.
The group – who feature Isaac Webb (vocals and guitar), Gary Smith (upright bass) and Tim Matthew (drums) – were picked up after Wild Records’ owner Reb Kennedy came across a live session video they recorded during a trip south last year.
The record label founder was impressed enough with the band’s sound to sign them up, with a release planned for later in the year.
“We are absolutely over the moon to be part of Wild Records,” Webb said.
“I’ve followed the label for the last five years or so and I’m a huge fan. We’re all fans of a lot of the bands that are on the Wild Records and to be approached to be a part of that family is incredible.”
The trio also hope the collaboration will enable the band to travel further afield for live shows, although the current coronavirus situation has effectively brought the music industry’s tour schedules to a halt.
“With the current state of things it’s a bit up in the air but we just need to do what we can,” Webb said.
“It also means we’ll have even greater chances of getting on rock n roll festival bills and possibly tours with other bands.
“If this virus wasn’t an issue we were due to be in France for a couple of shows in April but they’ve been postponed which is understandable and for the best.”
The current line-up of the trio has been delivering their slicked-back, rock ’n’ roll groove since 2018, with Webb performing in different incarnations before that.
He has played music since he was ten years old, then sitting behind a drum kit, before moving onto guitar when he was about 16.
The trio recently unveiled their latest EP Night Sweats online, while Webb also previously released a double A-side 7″ record – a rare outing on vinyl for a Shetland artist.
“We definitely are working towards an album,” Webb said.
“We’ve got more than enough songs for an album, maybe even two but we want it to be the best we can make it so we are really nailing down our writing process.
“In the live show respect, Viva Las Vegas is the biggest goal. It’s a huge rock ’n’ roll and rockabilly festival in Las Vegas and to play that would be a massive tick off our bucket list.”
Become a supporter of Shetland News
Shetland News is asking its many readers to consider start paying for their dose of the latest local news delivered straight to their PC, tablet or mobile phone.
Journalism comes at a price and because that price is not being paid in today’s rapidly changing media world, most publishers - national and local - struggle financially despite very healthy audience figures.
Most online publishers have started charging for access to their websites, others have chosen a different route. Shetland News currently has over 400 supporters who are all making small voluntary financial contributions. All funds go towards covering our cost and improving the service further.
Your contribution will ensure Shetland News can: -
- Bring you the headlines as they happen;
- Stay editorially independent;
- Give a voice to the community;
- Grow site traffic further;
- Research and publish more in-depth news, including more Shetland Lives features.
If you appreciate what we do and feel strongly about impartial local journalism, then please become a supporter of Shetland News by either making a single payment or monthly subscription.
Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.Support Shetland News