HARROGATE rock band Book of Job have spelt out their ambitions after becoming the first AMP Awards winners to secure a record deal.
The powerful young group, who won the inaugural AMP Awards battle of the bands competition in Harrogate less than three years ago, have been signed by Italian metal label Wormholedeath Records and will fly to Parma to record their debut album early next year.
But the band, made up of vocalist Kaya Tarsus, guitarist Michael Liburd and drummer Luke Nelson, say they owe a lot of their swift progress to the popular local schools battle of the bands, the AMP Awards.
“Winning the Amps back in 2009 was a massive thing for us. It gave us the chance to play venues such as The International centre, the royal hall and Leeds o2 Academy,
The story of how they won their record deal is unlikely to have played out the same way in the days before social media.
“Back in July we were contacted by an Italian record producer named Corvi Wahoomi. He emailed us saying that he really liked our music and if it was possible for us to email him some more songs. We did and he then emailed again asking if he could pitch us to a record label.”
The band, who cite Mastodon, The Dillinger Escape plan, Every time I Die and, even, The Beatles among their influences are clearly aiming big.
“Our dream has always been to get our music heard on a global scale. We can’t think of anything better than travelling around the world playing music to people that love it as much as we do.”
l More information at facebook.com/bookofjobuk