East Durham rock band heads to the USA

Rock-pop band, Twister, are holding a fund-raising night to raise money for a trip to New York to perform a showcase for Sony BMG. Left to right: Karl Stott, Jonny Kell, Stevie Stoker and Will Shore.
Rock-pop band, Twister, are holding a fund-raising night to raise money for a trip to New York to perform a showcase for Sony BMG. Left to right: Karl Stott, Jonny Kell, Stevie Stoker and Will Shore.
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A ROCK band is heading to the States to try and break into the American music scene.

Four-piece Twister held a fund-raiser to raise funds to travel to the U.S. in the hopes of impressing an international record label.

Lead singer and guitarist Stevie Stoker, 21, said Twister have been working with a UK-based management company to promote the band in the States

Stevie, who is a second-year music student at Sunderland University, said: “We were put in contact with Sony BMG who became interested in us, but we have to get ourselves out there to do a showcase.”

The band is made up of Stevie, from Shotton Colliery, 19-year-old guitarist Karl Stott, from Shotton Colliery, bass player Jonny Kell, of Wingate 21 and drummer, Will Shore, 21, from Crook.

The band think they have a good chance of being a success in the States.

“I think the English scene is very one-sided. There’s one way that it’s done and if you don’t fit in with that, that’s it. It all works in cycles.

“The States, because it’s so much bigger, there’s more of a market for it,” said Stevie.

The band held a fund-raising night at Passion Nightclub to drum up cash for their New York trip.

Stevie said: “We did an hour set and sold merchandise and we have a really great following in the area.”

The band are confident that a live performance to Sony could help launch the young band.

“Because Sony have never seen us live, we want to go out there and show them what we can do. We always say we are about our live shows, so this will hopefully give us the best start we can have and raise our profile with one of the biggest record labels in the world,” said Stevie.

Stevie started the band when he was 13.

“It’s what we have been working towards for so many years,” he said. “We want to go as far as we can and try and be the best live band that we can be.

“We just want to play and for people to enjoy what we do. We enjoy what we do and we write what we want to write and it would be amazing if someone came forward and sponsored us or donated to help us get out to the States,” added Stevie.

For more information about Twister visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/Official-Twister or email management@officialtwister.info

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