Failsafe way to raise cash

Big band: Alternative rock band Failsafe, made up of Andy Sprake, Jim Norris, Si Humphris, Matt Cogley and Rob Catlow

Big band: Alternative rock band Failsafe, made up of Andy Sprake, Jim Norris, Si Humphris, Matt Cogley and Rob Catlow

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An up-and-coming band who appeared on hit TV-show The Inbetweeners are appealing for help in making their third album.

Failsafe, made up of five lads from Chorley and Leyland, have launched a campaign to raise enough money to produce and record their next release themselves.

The alternative rock group, who met while studying at Runshaw College, say they desperately need the help of local people to make it a success.

Bass player Andy Sprake said: “Being on The Inbetweeners definitely raised our profile. We’ve built up a solid fan base over the years and with such big exposure we got a few more.

“It was a brilliant experience – especially so because it is one of our favourite shows.

“We’ve now got an album’s worth of our best material and think it’s the right time to make an album ourselves.”

The five piece, with Andy, Jim Norris, Si Humphries, Matt Cogley and Rob Catlow, have entered an American scheme to raise $20,000 – around £13,000.

Donations can range from $5 to $1,000 and will be rewarded with gifts including a signed copy of the album and even a live gig in your house.

The money will go towards studio time, a producer, mixing, mastering, pressing and promoting the album in June.

Andy said the move to make it independently will mean they are more in control of the recording process and the final sound.

He said: “So far we’ve raised about $5,000. The industry has completely changed in the last few years and it is now based a lot on downloads.

“We need to raise as much as possible and we are looking for local people to get behind us.

“It’s a different way of doing things and it’s also about pride so we can show people we can do it off our own backs.”

The band, who have been together for six years, have toured all over Europe and have been to festivals in America, as well as playing for 2,000 people in Austria.

Since they appeared on the hit E4 show in November last year, they have been busy writing material for the new album.

They plan to tour the festival scene in the UK this summer with gigs already planned for Kendal Calling and a festival in Lincoln.

To find out more about the band’s campaign and to donate, visit www.indiegogo.com/failsafe.