Amongst six bands battling it out to play the main stage at the Splendour Festive 2014 at this year’s Future Sound of Nottingham Final at Rock City this Sunday (22 June), are The Rascels and Fields Studies. Both bands are made up of former Trent pupils. FSN 2014 finalists, The Rascels and Field Studies, will go head-to-head against four other talented Nottingham outfits to win the potentially life-changing chance to play the same stage as headliners The Happy Mondays and Tom Odell at Splendour at Wollaton Park on Saturday 19 July.
The Rascels are a four-piece band, all aged 19 and 20, who started playing together two years ago. They describe their songs as being from the pop/rock genre and got involved in Future Sound of Nottingham after their last EP, My Summertime, was played on Nusic new music podcast. The Rock City gig will include an exclusive first performance of at least one of the tracks from The Rascels’ new EP scheduled for release this summer.
Field Studies, meanwhile, are also a quartet, all aged 18 and 19, who formed in the summer 2012 after years of playing music together in different bands and formations. They describe their music as atmospheric/ambient rock, “like a mixture of Sigur Ros and post-2000s Radiohead.” They entered the competition because they believe it is a great opportunity for local bands to take their careers to the next level and reach a wider audience.
The Rascels’ James Hughes said: “Music in Nottingham is very diverse and a very important part of culture. We pride ourselves in our live performance as it is very important to us that audiences are entertained as well as enjoying the music so we try to give anyone watching a real show. People can expect a high energy performance from us at Rock City.
"We have only recently over the last year had the time to pursue the band properly. Playing at Splendour Festival would enable us to reach out to more people.”
Andrew Harrison, from Field Studies, said: “Entering Future Sound of Nottingham was a no brainer for us. It is a great competition because it keeps the local scene competitive and keeps bands striving to get better.
"The music scene in Nottingham seems healthier than ever. The success of Jake Bugg, London Grammar, Dog is Dead and Saint Raymond has no doubt fuelled interest in the artists coming out of Nottingham. The environment a band plays in is very important, even the best bands can go unnoticed when they are in the wrong area, so it is great to be part of a functioning music scene.”
The Rascels are Oliver Hayes (Vocals/Guitar), Charlie Hayes (Vocals/Bass), James Hughes (Vocals/Guitar) and Ryan Lampon (Drums/Vocals). Oliver and James studied music technology with David Curtis at Trent College, which has aided the band’s production. Ryan and James took drum lessons at school, performing in the drum ensembles at various concerts. The Rascels’ first performance was at a party in Trent College’s Prince Obolensky Building.
Field Studies are Chris Bailey (Lead Vocals/Guitar), Charlie Howarth (Bass/Vocals) and Andrew Harrison (Drums/Percussion), and Kasper Sandstrom (Guitar/Vocals), who all studied music at GCSE, with music scholars, Chris and Kasper studying music at A-level too. They credit Trent College’s Director of Music, Steven Henderson, as being especially supportive in enabling the band to rehearse at school.
James continued: “For two bands from Trent College to both be in the Future Sound of Nottingham Final is testament to how, if you try hard and want something enough, you can get somewhere.”
Andrew added: “A lot of talented people have come out of Trent College, and music in particular has been excelling, so in that sense it doesn’t come as a surprise! We know the guys in The Rascels and it is good to be sharing the stage with them.”