A song recorded on the Metro system is among those to feature in a local band’s debut album.
The Railway Club will release How to Steer a Sinking Ship... on Friday at an invitation-only gig.
While it will be available to download, 100 people will be able to get their hands on a physical copy of the album, which has been four years in the making.
Following various line- ups, the band now brings together South Shields singer and guitarist Martin Trollope, 29, an operations assistant at The CustomSpace in South Shields, and trainee solicitor and bass player Glenn Coyne, 24.
Martin said: “I think we needed to get it released because otherwise it would have all been a waste of time. I’d written the songs and wanted them to come out.
“It’s a big relief but it’s a bit terrifying, knowing people will hear it.
It’s a big relief for one thing, but it’s a bit terrifying, knowing people will hear it.Martin Trollope
“Some of the songs have been around for a long time, so people may have heard them already if they’ve been to see us.”
He added: “Some of them they won’t have heard yet, but we’re hoping for a positive reaction.”
While professional studios were used to record some of the tracks, various other locations, including a journey on the Metro by Martin on his way to university from South Shields to Newcastle, were also used on the aptly named Railway Tracks. Martin added: “I had a dictaphone with me in my bag when I had the idea. It was pretty busy and you can just about hear other people talking on the song.”
Themes of isolation, expiration and imagination feature among the 12 songs on the album.
While the band has previously played at festivals, Martin and Glenn are yet to put together any plans to play live, aside from Friday’s show.
Newcastle’s Mining Institute will host the launch, with the album, released through the North East’s Anyone Can Make These Records label, available to download through acmtrecords.bandcamp.com.
Singer-songwriters Kieran Rafferty and Nev Clay will play support slots at the gig.