Three pupils at a school of hard rock have proved they are definitely top of the class when it comes to making music.
The trio met and formed punk group Vertebreak at the rock school at Salem Mill, and have just recorded their first album and have a string of gigs lined up in the future.
The band are made up of Ben Wood, 17, bass and lead vocals, Matt Morley, 15, guitar and backing vocals and Rhys Burton 17, drums and backing vocals who bonded and began writing songs together after first meeting every Saturday at the school.
Ben said: “We all like similar sorts of music although me and Rhys prefer the heavier stuff. Matt just joined and fit in well. There was instant chemistry.”
He says their main influences are My Chemical Romance and Pulled Apart By Horses but they also like The Ramones.
The school provides a great environment to rehearse and write songs as well as regular practice in rocking out to the rest of the class.
Adam Winward, guitar teacher, said: “They’re really coming together now as a band, they were formed from the school but regularly practice outside. Their sound is raw and edgy with lots of energy. They’re all pretty lively.”
When asked what he felt their hopes for the future were, Adam jokes “world domination”. The rock school was formed in 2009 as part of Calderdale Children’s Services and provides equipment, recording rooms and expertise to would be musicians from a number of music instructers every fortnight.
The band are staying focused and plan to practise for their gig at the Upper George on November 19, Halifax.
For details on the school or to enroll, contact Kevin Rivett at Calderdale Music School on 01422 394161 or Lorraine Daber on 01706 548186.