Punk princess Bex and her band aim for the top

Former Whitburn Church of England Academy pupil Bex Lapping, left, with her band The Cassettez - Melissa Bentley, Nia Underhill and Sian Rees-Jones, performing for students at the school
Former Whitburn Church of England Academy pupil Bex Lapping, left, with her band The Cassettez - Melissa Bentley, Nia Underhill and Sian Rees-Jones, performing for students at the school
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A pop-punk band hailed as the female version of McFly and Busted have been rocking Wearside.

The Cassettez got pupils from Washington School on their feet as part of a nationwide tour of schools.

It was a special gig for lead singer Bex Lapping, 20, who’s from Hylton Castle.

As part of the series of gigs, the band – who were put together by John McLaughlin, who is credited with discovering chart-toppers Busted and McFly – also played at Whitburn School, Bex’s former school.

“It’s been magical playing back in the North East,” said Bex, who performed with bandmates Liss, 20, Siân, 19 and Nia, 19, who are all from North Wales.

“At Whitburn a lot of my teachers are still there, so it was great to see them cheering and clapping.”

Bex Lapping of The Cassettez wants more girls to form bands.

Bex Lapping of The Cassettez wants more girls to form bands.

After forming in Glasgow, the band has spent the past year honing their sound and will release single Zombie Disco in the autumn.

Speaking about the schools tour, Bex said: “We want to bring our sound to people, especially kids who might not be able to go to live gigs.

“At school age you’re very susceptible to the media and images out there and we want to encourage young people to just be themselves.

“We got together because there’s not many females in this genre and we feel that there should be.

We got together because there’s not many females in this genre and we feel that there should be. Most girl bands just sing or dance, but we all play instruments.

Bex Lapping, The Cassettez

“Most girl bands just sing or dance, but we all play instruments. We’re getting a great response from the kids on the tour.”

Recalling her early interest in music, Bex said: “I jumped on stage at MetroLand at the MetroCentre when I was about four and just knew that’s what I wanted to do.

“I self-taught myself every instrument I could, I played until my fingers bled.

“I studied music at GCSE, then at college, and then this opportunity in the band came along.”

The Cassettez play to pupils at Washington School as part of their tour.

The Cassettez play to pupils at Washington School as part of their tour.

• To download a free Cassettez track visit www.thecassettez.com

The Cassettez will release their first single, Zombie Disco, in the autumn.

The Cassettez will release their first single, Zombie Disco, in the autumn.