New pop rock band Mucky Wings are about to take flight on a mission to soar higher than that other fabulous four-piece.
“We want to be as big as we can be,” singer Luke Erskine told FH2. “There’s no point aiming for anything less. You might as well aim high - to be better than The Beatles, that would be a start.”
Band mates Jordan Tripney (guitar), Stuart Paton (bass) and Jamie Gow (drums) look up from their beverages in Grangemouth’s Earl of Zetland pub and nod in agreement at songwriter Luke’s bold statement.
Mucky Wings have only been together for a matter of months, but they have already got 15 original songs in the bag - courtesy of Luke - enabling them to play a 50-minute set on their big live debut at The Bowhouse Hotel a few weeks ago.
Jordan said: “It was a really good reception - the place was packed.
“You never know how the songs will go down until you actually play them in front of people - but it was great,” added Stuart.
The band were going to be called Little Wings, but felt that made them sound like a Jimi Hendrix tribute act. They changed it to Mucky and the name just stuck.
Jordan said: “We play our own songs, but we’re heavily influenced by bands like Oasis and The Jam. We have some top tunes that are kind of pop rock.”
Mucky Wings hope to enter the recording studio soon to capture some of their ever-growing set list for all-time.
The band’s manager Raymond Struthers is no stranger to the local music scene. The former Higher Ground and current Fire It Up singer is used to being out front in the spotlight rather than behind the scenes, but he said he is loving his low-key management role.
“I just spotted their potential - these guys are a great local band,” he said.
The band are now gearing up for a gig at the Avongrange on Saturday and a charity do in March, but Raymond said he wants to keep his young musicians busy and is looking to line-up some more live dates in February.
“Come and see us,” said Luke. “We are extraordinary.”