Band bids for World Cup glory with anthem

A still from the video for Shakey’s Brother’s would-be World Cup record England Till I Die

A still from the video for Shakey’s Brother’s would-be World Cup record England Till I Die

First published in Sport Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Hyndburn reporter

ENGLAND fans are used to heartbreak, disappointment and tragic World Cup campaigns – and that’s just the official songs.

But well-known E Lancs band Shakey’s Brother are hoping their track will spur the likes of Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge to glory in Brazil this summer to banish the 48 years of hurt.

Now they have recorded their song and hope it will be taken up for England’s campaign, which kicks off against Italy on June 14 in the Amazonian city Manaus.

The Sabden-based five-piece originally performed England Till I Die at 90 football grounds around the UK four years ago, landing them a world record.

Manager Mickey Chancer said: “It was just a tour and a bit of fun, whilst raising £3,000 for Help For Heroes.

“This year, the band have decided to record and release the song, and with a little bit of help, we feel sure it will be made the official song for 2014.”

However, they face stiff competition from Gary Barlow and former England captain Gary Lineker, who pulled together a group of 20 stars to record the ‘official’ official song, a cover of Take That’s Greatest Day.

Mickey said: “We are trying to overturn and challenge that. Their song is not going to be any good, but ours is a football anthem you can sing on the terraces.”

Shakey’s Brother took a short break, but are now back together and will go on the road to promote the song.

Appearances on national chat shows are being lined up, and the band has launched a social media campaign too.

Frontman Mark Capstick formed Shakey’s Brother with bass player Jimmy McNulty, guitarist Mark Smith, drummer Sam Robinson, and guitarist/singer Phil Parker in 2008.

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