Indie band Mascot make regional final

INDIE band Roger The Mascot have only been together for ten months but already have a strong following and are through to the regional finals of a national talent contest.

The Warsop hopefuls will be performing on 30th September in front of hundreds of audience members and a professional judging panel to win a place at the Open Mic UK National Grand Final.

The band are appealing for as many of their supporters as possible to attend the Sheffield event.

Vocalist and songwriter Daniel Vardy said: “We are really excited about it.

“We are going to perform one of our own songs called Stranger, but we have to play a cover song so we are doing Bucket, by Kings of Leon.

“We are going to mix our song with the Kings of Leon and have just three-and-a-half minutes to do it.

“I think we will get through to the final.”

The band were formed around three Meden School friends and drummer Jamie Pickering.

On bass is Mathew King, while Tom Goff is lead guitarist. Among their musical influences, said Daniel, were Johnny Cash, The Who, Nirvana, The Arctic Monkeys, The Cure and Metallica.

The band are currently recording Stranger - their first single release and a three-song EP which is as yet untitled. Both are set for release in November on iTunes.

Daniel described Roger The Mascot’s live performances as ‘fun, energetic and a good laugh.’

If the band get through to the final at London’s O2 Arena they will in with a chance of winning £5,000.

You can listen to music by Roger The Mascot by visiting www.facebook.com/rogerthemascot.

For more information about Open Mic UK visit www.openmicuk.co.uk.