I have discovered – The Detours

My second “I have discovered” today also covers a local band.

The Detours are a five-piece band from East Kilbride/Glasgow with a sound similar to many signed artists and would fit well into the current rock scene.

Forming in 2003 when childhood friends Michael Smith (guitar and vocals), Chris Mackenzie (guitar and vocals) and Ross Neilson (drums) came together with the aim of doing something fun. After seeing the band perform at the Cathouse in Glasgow, vocalist Danny Shah approached the band to see if he could join.

Shortly after, the band welcomed Ally Graham to the line-up on bass and had officially formed The Detours.

Soon after completing the line-up, the band took to performing local gigs at local churches, youth centres and clubs and then moved to recognisable venues in Glasgow such as the Cathouse, Rockers and Barfly.

In 2007 the band took the title of Rig Rock, a local battle of the bands competition, by beating seven other local bands. Though the band was not content with local glory, in 2009 they decided to take on the UK in the largest national music competition for unsigned original artists; bands, vocal groups and solo artists at “Live and Unsigned.”
Over the last three years over 30,000 acts have auditioned and performed, with winners in 2008, B-Kay and Kazz, going on to reach number 30 in the UK single charts.

Performing in front of the country’s top producers, label executives and promoters, The Detours were crowned the winners of the Live and Unsigned festival.

With an exploding fan base and recognition to the band’s music rightfully coming in, The Detours should be a name to follow in 2010 as they look to tour the UK and release some brand new tracks over the year.

“…If you can bottle energy from a band, The Detour’s charisma and infectious stage presence would outsell Red Bull… They deliver every ounce of excitement in their music… every chance of being the next Scot Rock export…”
Chris Grayston – Head of A&R at Future Music

“…an exuberant performance at the Finals of Live and Unsigned…the Un part will soon be a thing of the past…”
Annie Nightingale – Radio 1

“…punk fuelled metal with one heck of a hook… After I heard it live I was gagging to play it on the radio…”
Jim Gellatly – Xfm Radio

“…The Detours are like a tin of Ronseal, they do exactly what it says on the tin…”
Simon Gavin – Universal Records

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