A TEENAGE rock band from South Tyneside who are keeping the spirit of punk alive will launch their new album this week.
The Maverick Rejects have built up a strong and loyal fan base during the past few years.
Based in Jarrow, the lively four-piece specialise in high-energy originals and cover versions.
The new album, called Double Trouble: The Loft Sessions Vol. 1, was, as its name suggests, recorded at the home studio of band members and brothers, Tom and Joe Condon, aged 18 and 15 respectively.
Tom said: “I’d be lying if I said that while producing this album, there weren’t times where I’d been working so long and late at night, that I fell asleep while mixing the tracks.
“But we all think this is our strongest album to date.”
With fellow band members, Sam Wingrove, 19, and Reece Lyons, 17, The Maverick Rejects have played at large venues that would have overawed much more mature musicians.
Each new pressing run of the new album will include a bonus cover, the first being Walk This Way by Aerosmith and Run DMC.
The initial bonus tracks will also feature recent Pride of South Tyneside winners Lauren Waine and The Waiters.
New videos have been shot to accompany the band’s latest songs, including a fired-up version of Love Machine by Girls Aloud.
The Gazette enjoyed a sneak preview of the new album, which features stand-out interpretations of Long Way to the Top by AC/DC and the Beach Boys’ Surfin’ USA, plus infectious original numbers, such as the opening track, 1,2,3, Party!
Music fans are invited to the official album launch, which will take place at The Flat Tops pub in North Road, Boldon Colliery, at 8pm on Friday.
Support band will be The Waiters, and Double Trouble: The Lost Sessions Vol. 1 will be available at a one-off discount price.