A NEWLY formed rock band featuring Rugby’s Beth Tysall who are preparing to go into the studio have announced a series of gig dates in and around the town.
Morningstar are to play a pair gigs in Rugby over the next two weeks, as well as performances in Birmingham and Weedon near Daventry.
Morningstar were born out of rock covers band the Riviera, who reached the semi-finals of the Live and Unsigned competition. After five years of gigging under that name, founding members Chris and Steve Franklin decided a change in direction was needed. With the name change also came a change of the line up. Three of the Riviera members remained - Steve (lead guitar and vocals), Chris (bass guitar) and Mike Ingram (rhythm guitar and vocals). Finding new members wasn’t a major problem for Morningstar and soon Phil Larrassey joined the band on drums.
After a few gigs, Rugby singer Beth Tysall joined the band for a one off gig as a guest vocalist. A week later Beth joined the band as a full-time member sharing the lead vocals with Steve and giving the band a very distinctive rock sound.
The band are now trying to edge away from the rock covers scene and develop their own sound, leading to a recording opportunity arising with Monkey Puzzle House recording studios (MPH).
MPH has recently worked alongside heavy metal producer Andy Sneap on Megadeth’s ‘Rust In Peace, Live’ album and the last two Cradle Of Filth albums ‘Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa’ and ‘Midnight In The Labyrinth’.
Morningstar’s next gig is at the Flapper, Birmingham, tomorrow (Friday), followed by Quigley, Rugby, on February 11, the Bear, Rugby, on February 12 and the Malsters, Weedon, on February 19.