IF epic rock act Sound Of Guns get their way Liverpool’s Penny Lane could soon be famous for something other than a Fab Four song.
Yet they are unlike many of the acts born on the banks of the Mersey, from initial stirrings in a disused social club to the shameless melodic hugeness of the sound they serve up on the album that has them playing The Leadmill tomorrow.
Seeded by singer Andy Metcalfe and drummer Simon Finley after the disintegration of their previous band, they recruited guitarist friend Nathan Crowley and honed a song called Alcatraz, so key it convinced Nathan’s Australian friend Lee Glynn to forget koalas and stay.
“I was literally leaving when they asked me to come down,” he recalls. “But I was so into it, I sold my ticket and stayed on in Liverpool, put my life in turmoil, all for this band...”
When his friend John Coley joined on bass they were flying – until someone nicked all their gear from the rehearsal studio – which was later burned down by local oiks. Examine the cover of their self-produced début album, What Came From Fire, you can see what remained.
Another surreal twist followed in Wakefield when their van was surrounded by dozens of police, some armed, ordering them to put their hands up because of reports of a bunch of Scousers talking about guns.
Some of those ‘Bizzies’ may now own just-released massive second album Angels And Enemies. “One of the first things people say about us is we don’t sound like a Liverpool band,” says Andy. “But we didn’t have any boundaries. I love The Coral, and The La’s and bands like that, but in terms of the music we wanted to make, that sound didn’t really appeal to us.
“We were all right into The Walkmen, for example, who make a big noise. The others are all big on Led Zeppelin as well and soul music. And The Doors. I think people were expecting this, like, typical Liverpool band, and that’s why people got interested so quickly.
“People seem to connect with the choruses.
“We would play Wembley next week if we could and that reflects in the music.”
Lee concurs: “We have always been clear about the fact we want to play big venues. We’re not ashamed of that fact. We’ve made no bones about the fact we want to appeal to, dare I say, the masses.”
See the video to recent single Sometimes – featured in ITV’s FA Cup coverage – at soundofguns.com