Sweet life for Candys
May 24, 2002
The Hastings band have stepped in at short notice to take over from Lightyear on Wednesday after the original headliners were forced to withdraw due to the bass player breaking a wrist.
For The Candys, Reading is a much luckier town.
While Lightyear have suffered a hapless slice of fortune, The Candys got their own big break in much happier circumstances as a chance meeting with an American record company executive at the Reading Festival led to their demo tapes landing on just the right desks.
Eventually, former Food boss Andy Ross met with the band in a Camden pub and was immediately struck by their star quality.
On hearing the demos, he agreed to manage them and put out their first ‘proper’ singles on his then embryonic label, Boss Music.
Monitor Rock was released in January this year and was immediately picked up by Radio One’s Steve Lamacq, with daytime Radio One airtime quickly following, courtesy of Marc and Lard.
The Boss Music office was besieged, but the band were deliberately held back to escape the madness.
Now, Boss is ready to throw them out into the big wide world and Reading gets an opportunist early showing this week as The Candys unleash a clutch of new tracks.
Their latest single, Queen Of Perfection, is scheduled for release on Monday, May 27.
P Lightyear will now be performing at The Fez on Wednesday, July 31.