AN up-and-coming band who have only been together since March are celebrating after securing airtime in the US and at home.

Four-piece band Messiahs have already enjoyed some success after recording their debut track In Time at Sugar House Music, which work out of Catalyst recording studio in the town centre.

The group, whose members all hail from across the borough, features lead vocals from Ant Critchley, lead guitar by Darrel Ashton, bass by Paul Trantum and drums by Jamie Cook.

After supporting tribute band The Doors Alive, and playing venues at events such as the Weststfield Street Music Festival – they have gone on to catch the attention of several radio hosts across America.

Now they are hoping that the attention will also come from closer to home as they look to become the next big thing.

Lead singer Ant, 28, better known as Salty, said: “We are made up with the feedback from America as we were played on SiriusXM Radio in Washington DC on the Rodney Bingenheimer show.

“He is a legend and a big influence in the music world as he helped launch the likes of The Sex Pistols, The Smiths, The Clash and Oasis.

“We also got played on KDHX radio station in St Louis and was chosen as their ‘pick of the week’ after BBC Merseyside and Bolton FM over here, so we are made up.”

Sugar House, who the band have worked with, have previously helped produce records for Viola Beach and Stillia.

Ant added: “We plan on getting back in the studio to record more stuff in the coming weeks and to just keep gigging and building momentum because we have a big loyal fanbase that we need to thank.

“We’re all working lads but try to find as much time as we can to do this and are already booked for a couple of festivals next year.

“Our influences are the attitude and music of 90’s bands such as Oasis, The Verve, The Stone Roses, The La’s because it was one of the best eras of music especially in the North West and people are realising that.

“In my previous projects (as a member of the Pretty Pennys) I’ve supported such bands as Blossoms and with any luck they’ll be supporting us in the next couple of years.”

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