Published: 00:01, 13 March 2018
A Kent band are riding high as they prepare to release their debut album and play a major music festival in Thanet.
Gillingham-based four-piece Maker, packing a psychedelic bluesy punch, will release their debut album, DEA, on Friday, April 6.
Made up of band members Alessandro Marinelli (vocals), brothers Andrew Donaldson (guitar) and Gavin Donaldson (drums), plus John Austin (bass), their album will be released through Kidda Records - and features the piano used by Oasis on Don’t Look Back In Anger.
They recorded the 12-track debut long player DEA at the same studio - Welsh Rockfield Studios - that Oasis used to record their classics. The studio was also used by the likes of The Stone Roses, Queen, Black Sabbath and Kasabian.
"When you turn up at Rockfield it immediately elevates you as musicians," said frontman Alessandro. "There’s a tangible buzz about the place. You hear stories like Freddie Mercury sat on that stool, played that piano, wrote Bohemian Rhapsody. And Liam chased Noel with a cricket bat over there...when you hear those stories, you can’t help but want to be a part of it and record something special."
Produced by Nick Brine, the album was recorded over 14 days, to keep it as true to their live sound as possible.
The debut album’s title comes from the initials of the album track Dead Ends & Avenues, a song about triumph in the face of adversity, and making your own luck.
Their song Little Bit Of Soul also includes the acoustic guitar Noel Gallagher used on the album (What's The Story) Morning Glory? after producer Nick revealed he owned it.
The band also play Margate Mod & Sixties Festival on Sunday, May 27.