Search

Cranham rock bands Curse and Harper set up own label

09:00 06 July 2014

Rock band Harper has joined forces with Curse to form their own record label.

Rock band Harper has joined forces with Curse to form their own record label.

Archant

A group of rockers have taken matters into their own hands by setting up their own record label.

Rock band Curse, is made up of a group of firends who met at Coopes and Coborn Company School.Rock band Curse, is made up of a group of firends who met at Coopes and Coborn Company School.

Rock bands Curse and Harper decided after years of taking orders from other people that it was the right time to go it alone and form Lock Up.

Curse’s rhythm guitarist and singer, Rob Broadbent, 24, from Stour Way, Cranham, said: “There is a real sense of community in our bands and having our own label means we get to be in control of that.”

Rob grew up in Upminster and went to Coopers’ Company and Coborn School in St Mary’s Lane, Upminster, where he first formed the band with his friends.

He said: “We all loved the same kind of music and knew this was the lifestyle for us, so thought it would be a good idea to make our own group.”

The band decided to call themselves Curse These Metal Hands, a reference to a joke on Channel 4’s Peep Show, but soon realised it wasn’t the most obvious of names.

Rob said: “We got sick of having to try to explain to everyone that this was a reference to the show. When only two people pointed out the joke and no one else got it, it got boring constantly having to tell everyone why it is funny!”

So the boys – lead guitarist and vocalist Jack Herring, drummer Toby Thacker, bassist Robert Carter and Rob – shortened their name to Curse and started playing gigs around the area.

And they have a close link with another band with a Led Zeppelin influence, Harper.

Rob said: “We are all good friends and one of their band members is my brother! So we started playing at the same venues and now we even use the same drummer as we thought it would be easier.”

Harper, made up of Rob’s brother Matthew, Daniel Bhattacharya, Jamie Simpson and Toby Thacker, and Curse began touring around the area but realised that their control was restricted by the people around them.

“I remember once we were playing at a pub but our promotional manager didn’t advertise we were playing there,” explained Rob.

“Not even one poster, which was the least he could have done! So it triggered the thought that maybe we should try to do it for ourselves.”

It was decided among the members that the bands should to try and make it on their own, and they thought starting up their own record label would be the best thing for them.

Rob said: “It was about time that we had our own say in what we do rather than just rely on other people to do the work for us.”

They called their record label Lock Up after one of the band members’ garage where they practise their music and leave their instruments.

Curse and Harper have now released EPs ready for download, and are now looking for more bands to join their label.

Rob said: “We would love to have other bands join our community and play alongside us at our gigs, so if anyone wants to be part of the Lock Up family, then please get in contact!”

n To get more information on joining Lock Up, email lockuprock@gmail.com.

Latest Romford News Stories

12:00
Ronnie Jackson and Bradley Donovan have spoken of how their disabilities have spurred them on to sporting success.

In just two months, sport’s most inspirational men and women will return to the world stage, showcasing their determination to succeed at the elite level by competing at the Rio Paralympic Games.

10:00
 Resistance sliding challenge for charity at The Liberty Shopping Centre Romfrod.

Kneeling at the start line, a rush of adrenaline flows through my veins as I wait to make the 13-metre dash to the finish.

Yesterday, 16:30
Motorists on the A13 between Wennington and Rainham

Reckless drivers are endangering the lives of Havering residents by reaching speeds of up to 124mph, the fastest clocked in London last year.

Yesterday, 15:54
Lawrence Webb  ( Ukip )

A Havering councillor is standing as deputy of one of the candidates in Ukip’s leadership election.

Yesterday, 15:13
Luke Hudson (centre) with his mum and dad on his 21st birthday.

The son of a taxi driver who tragically died at the wheel of his cab has paid tribute to the “best dad anyone could have asked for”.

Yesterday, 12:16
Seven men have been arrested by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and four tonnes of toxic waste removed after two fuel laundering plants were discovered in Essex on Wednesday Picture: HMRC

Seven men, including one in Hornchurch, have been arrested and four tonnes of toxic waste removed after two fuel laundering plants were discovered in Essex on Wednesday.

Yesterday, 07:00
Parents at Parsonage Farm Primary School fought off expansion in 2015

Councillors have criticised the borough’s plans to expand schools, claiming that school kitchens are already failing to provide hot meals for pupils.

Thu, 16:29
Police at the scene last night (credit: donatassimkus.com)

Three men have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a shooting in Gidea Park last night.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

News from your area

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Competitions

Which book character do you share cleaning habits with?

Whether you have more in common with put-upon Cinderella, emotionally turbulent Jane Eyre, or easily distracted Mole, you’re sure to appreciate that one lucky winner will receive four sessions of free cleaning. Enter our quiz for your chance to win. All runners up will get £10 off their first clean when making a repeat booking.

£15k prize bundle

Imagine having the opportunity to win an incredible £15,000 bundle of some of the most amazing prizes available. Well, for one lucky contest entrant that dream could soon become a reality because we at MyOffers are offering an incredible free prize bundle that will make even the most hardened person wild with excitement.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now