Young band Twisted State of Mind to play festival in United States + Audio and Video (From The Oxford Times)
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Young band Twisted State of Mind from Witney to play SavFest festival in New Jersey, United States
A TRIO of heavy metal mad teenagers are heading Stateside to headline a dream gig.
Luke Ashby, Ben Comley and Damon Marshall – all 13 and from Witney – formed Twisted State of Mind after practising at Damon’s home in Cherry Tree Way.
The band first gained recognition earlier this year when they released their first iTunes and CD single for charity.
Now, following a string of gigs around the country, they are to headline the SavFest metal festival at the ICAC Hall in Gloucester, New Jersey on October 18.
Drummer Damon said: “I can’t believe we are going to the country where we get most of our influence from.”
The boys were invited to play at the gig for UK charity Ian’s Chain, the charity which benefitted from the sale of their first single – a cover of REM’s Everybody Hurts.
They became involved in the charity after meeting Leicestershire-based local radio DJ Alan Savill. He launched the Ian’s Chain appeal in honour of his son Ian, who took his own life after suffering depression in December 2012.
Mr Savill is raising money to buy a static caravan which other depression sufferers will be able to use for holidays.
The DJ has a number of contacts with the metal scene on the east coast of America, which led to him deciding to hold a festival there.
He has also invited UK heavy metal band Slander to appear at the SavFest festival, alongside American heavy metal bands.
Damon’s dad Eric said: “Alan, like many people, was blown away by the boys’ music and played their record on his radio show in Market Harborough, which also gets picked up by listeners living on the east coast of the United States.
“He was thrilled when the boys got behind the charity and recorded the B-side for his charity CD. Sales of the CD are now over 500 and he hopes to get near 1,000 by the time they leave America.”
After appearing at the festival on October 18, the boys will travel to The Legendary Dobbs concert hall in Philadelphia, where they will appear in a second charity night on October 19.
The trip will be the highlight of a whirlwind few months for the band, which has also seen their debut video for the new single RISE attract more than 50,000 hits on YouTube, and more than 17,000 Facebook likes.
Mr Marshall said: “The boys discovered heavy metal for themselves, because there was nothing on the radio that appealed to them and now, when you see them walk out on a stage, plug in and play, they blow people away.”
Wood Green School pupil and guitarist Luke, from Larch Lane, said: “I am really, really excited. School has been really supportive because we are having to go the week before half-term.
They will be flying to America on October 16, accompanied by their fathers.
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