added: 2 May 2012 // by: Music-News.com Newsdesk
Essex ' The birthplace of radio and a county that has provided the British people with some incredible bands over the years from Depeche Mode to Blur.
The importance of achieving radio play cannot be underestimated for any band who hope to quit the 9-5 and with so many acts vying for those all-important slots and so many artists not being in a position to hire a radio plugger and really put their music to work for them ' what might the answer be?
XFM and Danny Wallace appear to come up with a potential solution for Essex based rock band The Filthy Habits ' by running a competition that would make even the most hardened of cynic believe in better.
To celebrate the launch of his debut novel 'Charlotte Street' Breakfast show host, humourist, writer and TV presenter Danny Wallace has created a competition to find a brand new band and is using all of his charm and XFM contacts to make it a prize not easily forgotten for the winners.
'Charlotte Street' features a fictional band called 'The Kicks' who have a song entitled 'Uh-Oh' ' Danny has given bands the chance to record their own version of the track and upload them to the website. The best have been whittled down to a ' long-list' of 54 and put before a public vote before the final 5 are selected and eventually judged by music luminaries such as 'Fatboy Slim, John Leckie (who produced The Stone Roses debut album), Tim Ingham (of Music week), Gordon Smart of the Sun and other XFM legends such as Mary Anne Hobbs, Eddie Temple Morris and Clint Boon.
The winning band will invited to XFM towers in Leicester Square and given the chance to re-record their track professionally with super-engineer Chris Denman, the track will then be playlisted on XFM and the band announced as 'The Kicks' for the course of the promotion during an interview on the breakfast show itself.
Since winning 'Best Indie Act' at Live and Unsigned 2011 at The 02 and returning to play there again as part of The December Sessions, The Filthy Habits have been going from strength to strength in 2012 with the release of their debut single 'Backs to the Wall', a gig for their favourite former Libertine Gary Powell, receiving their first national airplay on Absolute radio and also playing a support slot for fellow Essex band The Rifles.
With the release of free download P.Q.P (Poor Quality People) a series of gigs and a festival appearance in France on the horizon in July, and a debut album currently being penned, everything would seem to suggest that The Filthy Habits have the pedigree to do well in XFM's competition.
The fact that their raw, roughly recorded track, written and recorded within a week and played just a total of 10 times has made it down to the last 50 of the XFM competition and competed so well against much more polished tracks is certainly a positive sign and a big compliment going forwards for these five Essex lads.
To help The Filthy Habits cause and vote for the band, please click here: http://promo.xfm.co.uk/danny-wallace/gallery/
For more information on the band, please visit: http://www.thefilthyhabits.co.uk or http://www.facebook/filthyhabits