DAVID Irwin speaks to local boy Alex Marshall - whose band, Sick City Club, have just released their debut album.
“WHEN I finished school I remember thinking ‘do I really want to go to uni?’ And I thought why don’t I have a go at this music lark.”
Three-years down the line and Alex has just celebrated the launch of his group’s first album and playing a sell-out gig in Birmingham. So did he make the right decision?
“I think it was the right move, I didn’t want to be one of those people who get to 40 and ask themselves why they didn’t have a go.”
Brought up in Acocks Green, Hockley Heath and Henley-in-Arden - the 21-year-old singer hooked up with three other guys studying at Birmingham City University.
Alex names The Twang, The Killers and Kings of Leon as some of the influences on the band.
“We’re not a bubble-gum pop group, but we’re not going out of our way to be particularly cool or underground. We just want to make music people can relate to.”
After gigging around the Midlands, the band joined up with producer Gavin Monaghan - who has worked with the likes of The Editors.
“It was a great experience going into the studio to record our album and we’ve had a good response so far,” said Alex, who went to Solihull School.
Last week, the band performed at the Birmingham Bar Academy.
“We did our very first gig at the old Academy - when we were taking our baby steps - and so it was incredible to go back and perform to a sell-out crowd.”
* Sick City Club’s first album Talking with Lies is available now.