The 45s were formed in Carlisle in the spring of 2012 when fifteen year old school friends James Green (Vocals/Harmonica), Joe Wyatt (Bass/Vocals) & Bailey Claringbold (Drums) met a new student named Tom Hamilton (Guitar/Vocals). Tom began to share his passion for the Blues and British R & B, and that was the beginning…
A successful first two years together now sees them playing shows up and down the country with ‘sold-out’ signs appearing.They’ve released a double A side single of two original songs, Devil Of A Woman and It Ain't Over and a 4-track EP of covers dedicated to Eddie & The Hot Rods guitarist Dave Higgs who passed away at the end of 2013 just as the 45s were headlining in his hometown.
They’ve been joined on stage by original Doctor Feelgood members Sparko and Wilko Johnson, who declared: ‘The 45s are my favourite band’. NME declared that The 45s are 'Carlisle's wunderkinds’; going on to say: 'the suited and booted 45s put in a storming set consisting of their own songs and R&B covers. It's sweaty, raw and loud and the Canvey crowd loved it!' Blues magazine has recently called them ‘The Yardbirds illegitimate kiddies’ and described ‘the snarling intensity’ of their live set.
Word is quickly spreading about the band and their itinerary is filling up with new gigs and summer festivals.
The 45s will be performing at Dot to Dot Festival 2014 across Manchester, Nottingham and Bristol. Voted 'Best Metropolitan Festival 2013' Dot to Dot Festival is the UK's premier festival for unearthing the hottest new talent around. 2014 sees performances from Peace, Wolf Alice, Courtney Barnett, Laura Welsh, Real Estate, Kyla La Grange, and many, many more rising artists.
More info about Dot to Dot 2014 including a playlist of all so-far announced artists, here