American tour for Louis


A YOUNG musician from Heckmondwike is getting ready to jet off on tour in America.

Louis Jones, who performs as Spectrals, will fly out to Atlanta, Georgia, on March 5, where he will play his first gig as support act for New York indie band Cults. The two month tour also includes a slot at the prestigious SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas.

The former Heckmondwike Grammar School pupil, who landed a record deal after uploading his first song onto Myspace in 2009, will be playing material from his first album Bad Penny, which was released in October last year.

But before he goes, he will be playing a four night tour with Wakefield band the Cribs, including a gig at Leeds Metropolitan University on March 3.

However the 21-year-old is not getting carried away by the prospect of fame: “If someone said I would end up doing something like this, I wouldn’t have believed them,” he said.

“You have got to be realistic though, and I don’t know how long I am going to be able to do it for, so I am looking at it that way. It means I will probably get to make another record and that’s really exciting for me. I have got the album written and I will be recording it soon.”

He said his first record was ‘soppy pop songs’ about his girlfriend he met at school, and his new album would be a different take on the same theme.

Although he plays all the instruments on his record himself, Louis said he was taking a backing band with him to America, which would include his younger brother Will, who plays drums.

He said there had been favourable reviews to his first album, but he added: “I try and avoid reading reviews, but people seem to like it so that’s a good thing. I hope people like it out in America – I am just going to go and make the best impression I can.”

He said he had been asked to tour with the Cribs as they were on the same record label.

He said: “It’s a proper Yorkshire billing!”

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