No Mean City celebrate first anniversary

LONDONDERRY band, No Mean City have been tearing up Northern Ireland's music scene in record time, proving there is no rest for the wicked.

The band, featuring Jilly St John, Paul Monk, Joesph Coyle and Paul Pallister began as a bit of fun, something they never expected to become so successful in such a short space of time.

In their first week they wrote their first three songs, after their first gig three weeks later they made it into Hot Press’ Hot Tip 2010 and in six months they played some of the biggest Summer festivals in the UK such as Download, Sonisphere and T in the Park. Now, weeks after celebrating their first year toegther they are adding the finishing touches to their new EP.

The lead singer Jilly St John has said; “Having clocked up somewhere near or over 100 gigs in a year it would be kind of difficult for anyone to ignore us!”

The band have required a loyal fanbase within the city which has branches across the country. These fans showed their support during the Redbull Bedroom Jam that allowed them to play UK festivals and attract possitive attention from influential promoters like Andy Copping.

“They have represented us so strongly and persistently. It’s why we keep going!”

This new EP has been described as ‘punchier and more confident’ than previous recordings. It will feature two songs familiar to their listeners and three secret tracks, the band hopes will be available prior to the EP’s release. It has been recorded locally utilising the talents of Glenn Rosborough from Intermission and Music Production student, Jason Robinson from the North West Regional College.

No Mean’s City’s next gig is at the Buncrana Music Festival on 13th November with TKO and Balkan Alien Sound.

As far as other future plans are concerned Jilly has mentioned; “ At the minute we are concentrating on getting our product together for 2011. There are other gigs in the pipe line for sure but it’s been a hectic year and so we’re taking time to record and get ourselves together before we go back at it again!”

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