Heaven is a half pipe for American band OPM and maybe Shropshire band Thin Vision’s heaven is being chosen by the famous group as their support act, writes Chrissy Symmons
Thin Vision are four teenage lads from Bishops Castle. When they heard OPM was coming to Shropshire next month they sent off their three track EP to the Southern Californian band.
To their delight OPM’s management heard the music and got in touch inviting them to support the gig at The Ironworks, in Oswestry, on September 5.
Harry Curtis-Evans, Thin Vision’s guitarist, said: “I had one of their albums, we are excited about the opportunity.
“We have never supported a large band before. We are nervous and excited about the gig. We have got about a half hour set.”
The group, who describes themselves as a ska-based young band, consists of Harry, Ollie Farr on guitar and vocals, bass player Joe Colvin and Jordan Williams on drums.
The lads, who go to Bishops Castle Community College, have been together since 2010.
They play and write their own tracks and have performed in many venues across the region including the O2 Academy in Birmingham.
Harry said: “We have been gigging pretty much non-stop for the last two years. We gig all around the area.”
Harry said the band’s musical tastes includes singer/songwriter Ben Howard and Kasabian. He added that another of their influences is Bishop Castle’s band Fight The Bear, who also have a ska sound.
“We have grown up in Bishops Castle and we have Fight the Bear which lives here. We listen to them a lot and we like their style” Harry said.
“Our music genre is quite ska, it is also indie and rock. We like that sort of music. We just enjoy what we do.”
The band members are all under the age of 16 but they believe they show a “musical maturity beyond their years”.
Thin Vision are quickly gathering a fan base which they hope will follow them to Oswestry for support when they play before OPM take to the stage.
The band is looking to the future and has invested in equipment to help them spread their sounds even further afield. Harry said: “We recently bought our own recording stuff so we are going to have a go at that. We will just be recording single tracks and see how it goes.”
The band will be playing on September 15 at Bishops Castle Michaelmas Fair on the main stage at the top of the High Street.
On September 23 they will be at The Roadhouse in Birmingham during an event prganised by promoter Emma Scott.
For more information about the band visit their Facebook page.
To buy a ticket to the OPM gig visit http://the-ironworks.co.uk