The band from Newton-le-Willows is about to release its very first track


A band from Newton-le-Willows released their first track.

Collusion, formed in 2018, released a double single on mainstream platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music.

The track will be an EP, which is longer than a single but shorter than an album, and will consist of two songs called Ride the Waves and Overpass.

Alex Whitaker, the band’s drummer, said: “We’re feeling really good, we’ve been listening to both songs a lot and showing them to our friends and family, but we’ve reached the point where we want other people hear now.

“We’re really excited and it’s going to be interesting to see the response.”

Alex works as an events team alongside his music career

Collusion was first formed in 2018 with three band members, including current members Alex Whitaker and 21-year-old lead singer and rhythm guitarist Josh Johnson.

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The boys started out as a cover band, performing popular songs like Arctic Monkeys in Newton’s pubs and halls.

They quickly caught the eye in the area and started to get noticed.

Alex, 20, said: “We originally started as a cover band with three of us playing in local pubs, so we built our local following from that.

“Newton-le-Willows has quite a few musicians; we also have the K’s and Rick Astley.”

After a period of covers, the band wanted to move on to writing and producing their own songs, which the covid-19 pandemic briefly halted in their tracks.

The drummer added: “When covid hit it slowed us down a bit as we didn’t practice much, but towards the end of the lockdown we thought we were going to move away from covers and make our own music.

“Josh started writing a few tracks and then started recording them at home before sending them to us. We were pretty blown away, they were actually really good songs – even just acoustic versions, they were really good lyrically.”

The third member recently left the group due to health issues, with Alex and Josh introducing two new faces to Collusion.

21-year-old lead guitarist Tate Bennett and 19-year-old bassist Lindley Hunter both became the newest members.

The quartet have since developed a profile and are set to release their first track next month.

Speaking of the band’s ‘sound’, Alex, who started playing drums aged eight, said: ‘We have a bouncy, punchy sound. It’s not too heavy but it’s not too heavy. not light either – it’s in that middle zone.”

The EP will be released on August 12.


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