AN UPCOMING band from Coventry is counting down the days until the launch of its debut album after receiving fans support on Kickstarter.
Made up of budding city musicians Andrew Percival, Robert Sawyer, Niall Every, James Moore and JP Jones, Vengeful Atonement will be releasing their debut album – ‘At First We Burn’ – on Sunday, October 30, at The Arches.
The five-piece have already struck many of the city’s music followers and have expanded their fan base by performing at venues in Birmingham, Reading, Leeds, Tamworth, Daventry and Deeside.
After releasing an EP in September 2015, lead vocalist Andrew Percival told The Observer the band set an ‘ultimate goal’ of releasing its debut album.
He added: “We’d heard of various online resources including crowdfunding and decided as a band we should invest some time in checking out what these websites had to offer.
“Kickstarter seemed like an ideal way of gathering some funds to help us release our first album while spreading the word about the band at the same time.
“As a band our first main aim was to release an album, our first EP was released in September last year so to go from that to our album launch in just over 12 months is superb news.”
Andrew and his group – which has an age range of 20 to 31 – had their first performance this year at Birmingham’s 02 Academy, which is where they first voiced songs from their new album.
He said: “The feedback we’ve received from fans so far has been superb and we want to keep working hard and writing more content to ensure those who support us can continue to keep enjoying our music.
“From here it would be nice to aim to perform in front of larger crowds, meet more people and spread out across the UK – we have a date planned in Leeds soon which will be part of a mini tour.
“It would be a dream if we could make a career out of it.”
Much of the success for Vengeful Atonement though is down to unsung heroes Robert and Naydene, Andrew explains.
Parents of guitarist Rob, the proud parents attend almost every gig and drive the band around to ensure they can perform at venues outside of Coventry.
Andrew said: “Rob’s parents have always been there to support us and tend to be at most of our shows – they’re even helping us with a mini bus to get to out of town shows.
“Our friends and families have all supported us since first playing in front of crowds in 2014.
“Some future shows are still to be announced and we are always looking for new towns and cities to bring our music too.”