UP-AND-COMING Dearne rock combo Steel Trees are branching out into new territory this Summer with their debut EP and a string of high–profile gigs.
And proving they have not forgotten their roots, the three-piece are also headlining a mini-festival at Wath Montgomery Hall to raise money for Help for Heroes.
Guitar-vocalist Tom Hannon and drummer Lee Sanderson hail from Goldthorpe, while bassist Adam Johnson is from Swinton.
Since they formed three years ago the group have already supported major bands, clinched a recording and distribution deal and have a growing fanbase.
Tom, 22, said the past few years have been a roller coaster ride for the band: “Things have really picked up and we have built up a massive following around South and West Yorkshire. We have played loads and supported some big bands.”
The title of their self–penned six–track EP, which will be available shortly on CD and download, is “Gunk”. But it’s nothing at all to do with a popular brand of degreasing fluid.
“It’s the style of music we play - a mixture of grunge and punk,” explains Tom. He cites 1980s US grunge pioneers Dinosaur Junior and classic rockers Jimi Hendrix and Black Sabbath as influences.
“We supported Dinosaur Junior on their reunion tour at Sheffield Leadmill. They were great blokes but they thought we were Scottish!”
“Gunk” is out next month on wire-sound, to be distributed through Cargo Records.
Steel Trees have an upcoming date in the main room at the O2 Academy, Sheffield and are shortly confirming this year’s Doncaster Live and the Hillside Festival.
The band are playing the White Arrow Festival, to be held at Wath Montgomery Hall on May 27, in aid of the Help for Heroes charity.
Other bands on the bill include Osprey and Volume Zero, also from Goldthorpe and Swinton.
Tom added; “We wanted to play a gig for our local fans who perhaps can’t make it to the bigger gigs and to raise money for a deserving cause.
“The gig is free and we will be asking people to donate a few pounds to Help for Heroes.
“We will be selling our debut EP at the gig – and half the proceeds will go to the charity”.