By LISA WARD
A SHETLAND-born musician and his band are preparing to battle it out against bands from all over the country in the Orange Unsigned Acts competition, in the hope of securing a record deal.
The Aberdeen-based band, who call themselves ABD, comprise Andy Gray (on bass guitar) and brothers Andy Davidson (lead vocals) and Adam Davidson (keyboard and backing vocals) alongside Steven Spence (lead guitar) and Darren Paterson (drums).
ABD will be returning to the live scene for the competition after having spent months working on their second album, Wherever Particular People Congregate, set for release later this year.
The band’s debut album, From Planefield Days, sold hundreds of copies throughout the north east of Scotland and can be found in record collections as far afield as New York and Abu Dhabi.
The band hope their hard work ethic and original sound of electro-infused rock-and-roll will give them the edge in the national competition.
Shetland-born Andy Gray said he believed ADB had what it takes to beat off their rivals and make it big in a cut-throat business.
He said: “We have the belief in ourselves, in each other, and in the band, that this competition can leapfrog us to the big time.
“We know that we have the ability, but in the music business it is a matter of being heard by the right people. Orange Unsigned Acts is being judged by the likes of DJ Jo Whiley and Alex James of Blur, who have years of experience, so if we can hit the right notes with them, anything is possible.”
Orange Unsigned Acts is a voting competition – to register support for ADB or check out the band’s tracks, log on to www.orangeunsignedact.co.uk/acts/adb