Band strumming its way to success

PUBLISHED: 15:38 29 March 2007 | UPDATED: 21:37 29 May 2010

From left, Mark Godfrey, Tom White and Oliver Carter

From left, Mark Godfrey, Tom White and Oliver Carter

A BAND banging on the door of the big time is on the lookout for a new drummer to help them in their quest. The band is made up of Oliver Carter, 28, from Woodlands Park, Dunmow, on vocals and guitar, Thomas White, 27, who plays the bass guitar and lives

A BAND banging on the door of the big time is on the lookout for a new drummer to help them in their quest.

The band is made up of Oliver Carter, 28, from Woodlands Park, Dunmow, on vocals and guitar, Thomas White, 27, who plays the bass guitar and lives in Harlow and Mark Godfrey, 30, on guitars who lives in Ware.

Darren Trutt from Harlow completes the line-up, but as he's leaving because his partner has a second child on the way, the band is now looking for a new drummer.

Oliver formed the band with old school friend Tom after their previous band, Chaser, suffered due to lack of commitment from the other members.

Within the band they supported the likes of The Stands, Little Barrie and ex-Sugababe Siobhan Donaghy, but they split.

"We were going places. We'd been asked to support The Scissor Sisters, but the commitment wasn't there," said Oliver, a business development manager for Barclays Bank.

Now the pair are back and along with Mark they are now putting all their efforts into The Reys - meaning the kings in Spanish.

"With The Reys we're starting to achieve something and hopefully things will get even bigger and better next year."

Applicants don't need to be very experienced. They need to be aged 20 to 30, live locally, be ambitious and interested in similar music to the band.

One music magazine described them as "blending the gang mentality and timeless melodies of The Stone Roses with songs about people that we know, love and loathe in a way that hasn't been so effective since The Jam's All Mod Cons and Blurs Parklife".

The Reys played their first gig at The Half Moon in Bishop's Stortford and they have gone on to play more than 20 gigs across the country.

And now they have just started receiving radio airplay of their demo CD in Ireland and they hope it won't be long until that crosses over to the UK too.

They have many gigs lined up in London as well as various festival slots and a UK tour throughout the UK including the legendary Cavern Club in Liverpool.

Oliver said: "We've got loads of record labels waiting for our demo CD, which we're sending out within the next few days and which I'm sure will increase the band's rapid rise in popularity."

- If you are interested in becoming The Reys new drummer call them on 07841 865668 or check out their site www.myspace.com/thereysband

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