The Extons release new single to support NHS Charities
A West Norfolk rock band, who were previously played on BBC Music Introducing, are releasing a single to raise funds for the NHS.
The Extons, who hail from Terrington St Clement, have recorded the song called ‘DANCEBOY (Something To Believe In)’ which will launch on Wednesday, May 27.
Although the song was written last year by vocalist Will Barnes, the band thought it would be an appropriate time to release the song for a good cause.
Lead guitarist Adam Garwood said: “Although the song has not got anything to do with quarantine it relates to having something to believe in.
“I think everyone wants to get back to normal life and to have some kind of hope that normality will happen again soon. People can take the song as they want. The NHS is doing well so we thought we need to raise a bit of money for them.”
The initial inspiration for the song pre-lockdown came from eighties pop culture “using a mixture of synthesizers, intoxicating guitar lines with captivating vocal melodies”.
After a whirlwhind year in which the band’s single ‘No Hope’ was played as BBC Radio 1’s introducing track of the week, as well as performing at the prestigious Reading and Leeds Festival, this year has been frustrating in many ways.
Mr Garwood explained: “Last year we were not expecting that to happen at all, it was an absolute shock and it’s still not really sunk in.
“We wanted to be even bigger this year and build the momentum which had grown so it [lockdown] has been a bit annoying but I guess it gives Will [Barnes] more time to write songs and there is a lot more time to reflect.”
Looking back on the golden summer, the band member recalled people not believing him when he said he was going to be on stage at the iconic Reading and Leeds Festival, having previously visited "hundreds of times" as a spectator.
The band are unable to practice at the moment and have had to postpone gigs at Norwich Waterfront as well as a joint gig with Fuzzy Sun, who support Stockport indie pop band Blossoms.
Such postponements are frustrating for the up-and-coming band hoping to get their name out as soon as possible.
Mr Garwood said: “The music scene is starting to pick up with artists like Tom Lumley emerging but I do think bands from areas like Lynn are overlooked compared to the main cities like London and Manchester.
“People have just got to support live music as a lot of independent venues are going down the pan.”
All proceeds from pre-orders, purchases and streams of the new single up to the end of the first month of release will be donated to NHS Charities Together.
A Just Giving page has been set up for donations at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/the-extons while people can also pre-order the single at https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/theextons/dance-boy-something-to-believe-in.
You can hear the single on KL.FM on Sunday with Triston Finis from 10pm.