Highly rated band Out Side Room play Hastings for first time

Out Side Room
Out Side Room

DESPITE breaking onto the London music scene, this young band had never played to a home crowd, until now.

Out Side Room, a five-piece indie dance band hailing from 1066 Country, have headlined at well-known small London venues and are gaining an ever-increasing following through their Facebook page.

Tomorrow night they are to play their first gig in Hastings, and hope to take the Brass Monkey by storm.

The band members are: Max Davenport, 20, on lead vocals and keyboard, and his brother Archie, 18, lead guitarist, from Beckley Woods, near Rye; keyboardist Jimmy Goodwin, 19, from Robertsbridge; drummer Will Wilkinson, 19, of The Mount, St Leonards; and bassist Charlie Simpson, 21, from Kent.

The band formed in February this year, played their first gig in May and have already gained a following of more than 2,000 through social networking site Facebook.

Max said: “We have had quite a good following from the start. It has been easier than it probably should have been.”

Aside from Will, none of the five had ever played in a band before, but despite this inexperience, they have headlined at London venues including Camden Barfly, Cargo, and London Water Rats.

Out Side Room have already written and recorded 16 original tracks, describing their sound as Two Door Cinema Club meets Example, though they are in no hurry to release an album.

Instead they are concentrating on their live performances, with their biggest yet coming up on December 2, a headline show at the 02 Academy in Islington.

All the band members are committed until the end of the year, and possibly into next summer.

Jimmy, Will, and Archie have taken a year out after college, Charlie has postponed his university studies, and Max has come to the end of a period of work experience with several record labels.

Max sees the future in a positive light. “There’s no reason why it should not go all the way,” he said.

Out Side Room appear tomorrow night (Saturday) at the Brass Monkey, in Havelock Road, at 8pm. Tickets are £5 on the door.

Visit the band’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/outsideroommusic.