September 29th, 2016

Solihull band makes great strides

A BOROUGH band are making great strides in the rock music scene – having secured their first headline gig in their hometown – and preparing to record their debut album.

Friends John Fleetwood, Tim Castle, Brad Stinton and Tom Bradley formed their band ‘A Promise To Forget’ four years ago after taking inspiration from their favourite rock band, Green Day.

The quartet had their first gig at the age of 16, just after leaving school.

Now at university, the lads will be in York for a month to record their first album, which will be followed by a UK tour – including a headline gig at The Rainbow in Birmingham on Friday, October 9.

The band practice all their material in the borough with three of them living in Shirley and one in Acocks Green.

John Fleetwood, band manager and drummer, told The Observer: “The band started as a bit of fun, it was our hobby, but now we’re starting to make some money which is helping to cover our travel expenses.

“We’ve been putting money into the band in the past two years and now it’s starting to pay off – who knows, maybe we could be professional in a few years.

“We like to be ambitious.”

Talking about their headline act at The Rainbow in Birmingham, John added: “It’s been pretty cool as we can invite our own guests so as a band we can’t wait for the night.”

A Promise To Forget can be discovered on all social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram where they already have a fanbase of over 2,000 people.

The band have also set up their own website where fans can interact and purchase merchandise.

Visit http://apromisetoforget.net/or follow the band on Twitter @APTF_UK  for more on their upcoming tour dates.

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