Bedford band The Shtooks launch their debut EP – Papa Ganoosh – at Esquires, Bedford, on Saturday, 12 July.
Touted as one of the most original bands to come out of Bedford in recent years, The Shtooks have quickly made a name for themselves in and around the town since launching last October.
Blending blues, rock and soul, the band’s fans – Shtookers – have enjoyed the ‘chip shop rock ‘n’ roll’ music the group have created.
Tracks including the soulful modern love song All I Do, featuring saxophonist Dan Blaax, and the recently released Trouble Girl, featuring renowned Bedford rapper Dotz, highlights the band’s versatility, and the desire of other artists to collaborate with them.
Entry to the event will be free and the 100 copies of Papa Ganoosh that will be made will be given away on the night.
Frontman Andrew Hubbard said: “When they are gone, they are gone.
He explained the decision to make it a free event.
“We love that people have been coming to our shows, but we are not getting above our station. We are a new band and we want as many people to hear our stuff as possible. The more Shtookers the merrier.
“We never started writing songs to make money, we did it to make people happy.
“There’s no better feeling than people coming to tell you what a good night they’ve had after a gig.”
Support on the night comes from Smokin’ Durrys and Tom Grennan of Bedford indie champions The Jebs.
The Shtooks are Andrew Hubbard – lead vocals, rhythm guitar, Lawrence Felice – lead guitar, Arty Haire – bass and John Wilson – drums.