By Steve Cooke
In this column we delight in celebrating the local creative community. It therefore is a great pleasure to introduce local trio, [soon to be a four piece], The Climate Stripes. A mature hard-working band of seasoned performers, and this certainly is on display from the open seconds of their gigs.
A Rochdale and Bury band already with a catalogue of more than thirty well crafted, highly engaging, all original rock/blues songs. On first listen I was immediately impressed by their harmonies, recalling Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. The backing is tight, and the songs embellished by guitar licks enhance the sound rather than provide a distraction motivated by ego as can too often be the case. Their live shows have been met with rave reviews as the local following begins to swell.
The Climate Stripes are Mark James Ross (Guitars / Keys / Lead Vox), Pete Ray (Bass / Keys / Backing Vocals), Tony Fitzgerald (Drums).
Pete explains, "The songs are great, they sound just as good acoustically as they do with the band. We are happy to play on any showcase/support slots or headline gigs no problem."
"We are presently promoting our upcoming debut album DEBUT. We hope to announce a gig for our album launch in the next few weeks. We are now picking up some local warm up shows getting ready for festival season We've had some recent air play from regional radio stations with great feedback and are now filling the diary with live dates for 2022 and beyond."
The Album is currently at Abby Road Studios being mastered by Simon Gibson who has also worked on The Beatles songs over the years as well as Take That, Depeche Mode, Paul McCartney amongst others. The band expect it back, printed, and ready for release on April 30th.
With a wealth of catchy but sophisticated rock/blues songs to come 2022 is going to be a big year for the band.
I encourage you to look out for them and to check out their new album. their music is available across all digital platforms. We shall be eagerly following and keeping you updated on their progress.