Albany are a 4 piece, powerful indie rock group from Lincoln with a rough edge and one unanimous passion – to resurrect the anthemic British guitar appeal. Albany’s songs are written by singer and lead guitarist Matt Duke. With his mind set on delivering the notion that ‘all great songs are the ones that tell a story,’ and with the band’s broad scale of influences brought to the table, ranging from Arctic Monkeys, Johnny Marr, Foals and The Charlatans, mixed with the other side of the pond from Nirvana, Green Day and Kings Of Leon, Albany’s songs turn out to do exactly that – hit you with a personal meaning. After releasing their first six-track EP ‘Lead The Way’ back in June 2015, Albany went on to play a number of gigs in the following 18 months. These included playing alongside Scouting For Girls at Mudfest in Newark, a headline slot at The Shed Leicester, The Fiddlers Elbow Camden and recorded a live session in August 2016 for BBC Introducing in Lincolnshire, where their tracks still continue to be aired now. Following the success and the positive reception of ‘Lead The Way,’ Albany were selected to play alongside Marsicans and local band The Ultraviolet as part of the plugged sessions, run by BBC Introducing and held at The Engine Shed Lincoln, back in March; the perfect way to finish promoting their first record. 2017 however is proving to be another notable year for the band, with their long awaited, highly anticipated second EP ‘Outside The Lines,’ which was released in May. Following the footsteps of Arctic Monkeys and Reverend & The Makers, recording at 2Fly Studios in Sheffield, the new six-track ‘journey’ illustrates an obvious evolved and perfected sound, quite rightly raising their game in 2017 and exposing them right into the industry's spotlight they deserve - most notably being asked to support The Total Stone Roses, again at The Engine Shed in Lincoln, in July. With a modern take on the 90’s guitar movement and roughened up around the edges from the punk side of their peers, ‘Outside The Lines’ perfectly defines their collective sound as a band. Their EP promotion tour started in April, kicking off with a couple of hometown gigs in Lincoln, before moving out further afield to play to the rest of the UK. Having had another live radio session/interview, opening Fake Festival Chesterfield to an eager, sweaty crowd earlier this Summer and being selected as BBC Introducing's 'Track Of The Week,' with their EP's euphoric closing track 'Impossible Dream,' this year the band really have bumped up their status to being known as one of Lincoln's best live acts. After a November visit to The Engine Shed with a great reaction from the crowd, for the rest of the year Albany's remaining dates for 2017 include home coming gigs in Lincoln on December 8th at the brilliant Rogue Saint and headlining an intimate show in one of the very first venues the band played in when they first started out. With a couple of promotional opportunities secured, studio plans being planned and a significant change to the band imminent for 2018, Albany plan to continue spreading the fire they started amongst the masses! The truth makes for a good story, but what mystery that story tells is up to you to come and find out for yourselves. It's coming……Be ready!
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