Rock band Failsafe may have started out playing in Chorley pubs but this year they’re going Stateside.
The quintet, which includes Jim Norris, 27, from Judeland, Astley Village and ex-Holy Cross High School student Matt Cogley, also 27, from Montcliffe Avenue, are currently touring the UK in support of their third album ‘Routines’.
And the band, who appeared in series three of the smash-hit Channel 4 comedy The Inbetweeners, are hosting a free gig in Preston’s Mad Ferret this Friday, (April 6) to thank their local fans, before heading to America in June.
Vocalist Jim said that the new album was the band’s ‘most rounded work yet.’ He said: “It’s another step forward for us. We’ve developed slightly from our punk roots, there’s a lot of melody on there. That’s what we concentrate most on: making it memorable and melodic.
“We’ve served the songs better on this album than we ever have done before.”
Having honed their skills in venues such as the now-defunct Harry’s Bar, the Rose and Crown, Chorley Community Centre and Chorley Labour Club, the band’s biggest break to date came when they were invited to play at the illustrious SXSW festival in Texas in 2010.
Now they will be returning with US pop-punk act Hawthorne Heights, after signing to their Cardboard Empire label.
The band’s second album ‘The Truth Is…’ featured a cover shot of Chorley train shot taken by guitarist Matt’s brother Martin, and the band continue to look to home for inspiration, having shot a promotional video for ‘Routines’ in Leyland’s Worden Park.
“We’re quite in touch with the places where we’re from. Home is home. We try to put Chorley on the map whenever we can,” said Jim.