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Romford rock band, Guitars Have Ghosts, sign deal with Universal Records

PUBLISHED: 15:52 22 February 2013 | UPDATED: 15:53 22 February 2013

Guitars Have Ghosts, Please credit Chris Chudleigh

Guitars Have Ghosts, Please credit Chris Chudleigh

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Things couldn’t get any better for Romford based rock group Guitars Have Ghosts.

The band, which consists of Darren Wood, 29, on backing vocals, Tom Scully, 30 , on guitar and main vocals, Ben Welling, 26, on guitar and vocals and drummer Josh Pow, 26, have just signed a distribution deal with Universal Records for their single, Green Lover.

At the same time, the four piece rock group, who describe their music as “melodic rock” and “quintessentially British” is also preparing to perform in Sunset Boulevard after making it into the semi finals of the Live Nation music competition.

But there is no chance of any of this getting to their heads.

Darren said: “We know that we are just small fish in a big pond.

“We might have a distribution deal, but at any given night when we perform a gig in Camden, we know that there are 30, if not more bands that are trying to do the same thing, hoping for a big break.”

The group, which formed three years ago have put their recent success down to just sheer hard work.

“We didn’t go out of our way to sign up to a deal, it was just about gigging and sending our material out to different people, said Darren.

“Some how it managed to get into the hands of someone from Atlantic Records, who was really interested in us and then passed our details on to Universal.”

It is not the group’s first time releasing a single, although this time they are hoping for more success.

“We released a single about two and a half years ago, but without a big label to help us we only sold about 30 or 40 copies online.”

Darren says that the most important thing about the deal is that they still retain some control.

“It is not a case of signing our souls over to the devil.

“We have just signed up to a one off distribution deal, meaning that we still have control over everything else like our merchandise, which is important to us because we are really passionate about our music and are not just interested in getting famous.”

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