A BURNLEY band which has battled adversity to release its debut single thanked friends and fans with a spectacular homecoming gig.

Exit State have the world at their feet after releasing their first official single through King Prawn Records.

And to celebrate the event the band staged a showcase at the Sanctuary in Cow Lane, Burnley, which they hope could form the basis of a new live DVD.

The band’s future was thrown into doubt when lead singer — and ex-soldier — Roy Bright was attacked in a Burnley nightclub, as reported earlier this year by the Lancashire Telegraph.

But despite Roy taking three months to recover from a broken jaw, the four-piece never gave up and were determined to succeed.

In this time they secured a deal with Halifax-based record label King Prawn and returned to the live front with sellout shows in Finland and Sweden.

New release Bad Days is out in two formats — the basic single is backed by Death of a Rock Star and the expanded version also includes a third track, Saviour, and the Bad Days video.

The Burnley-based quartet Roy, Adam Stephenson (guitars), bassist and vocalist Phil Ireland and drummer Peat 'Crazy Texas' Hicks are currently in negotiation for a number of festival dates this summer.

Label spokesman Michael Gounelas said: “The band have already begun to take their music out of the UK and into the arms of other cultures.

“They played an incredibly succcessful tour of Finland, including a highlight show in front of 1,600 screaming Finnish and Swedish fans at the Fontana Club in Vassa.

“The UK shows are also going to come thick and fast.” Influenced by the likes of Foo Fighters, Nickleback and Faith No More, Exit State are also keen to stress their indie roots.

The band has also secured a spot on a new compilation album, Surf Rock, featuring tracks from current members of Aerosmith, WASP, the Alice Cooper Band and Ozzy Osbourne's band.

For the band's next dates log on to their website — see link below.