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Old stagers net a deal.

Byline: By Wales on Sunday

One of the first British bands to broadcast a gig live on the internet have finally been given a record contract - 26 years after they formed.

Long before the Arctic Monkeys and Gnarls Barkley made their names via the web, Powys part-timers Caduseus were online pioneers.

But while Caduseus say they recognised the potential of the net 10 years ago, a contract had always eluded them.

Frontman Jim Owen, from Newtown, said he was delighted, but said he did not expect overnight success.

'We never thought we'd get a contract because we were always told it was not our time,' said Jim.

'Two years ago we really started to look for a contract and finally we were given a chance by First Time Record Label.'

The Arctic Monkeys built up their fan base on the internet, after demo CDs they handed out at gigs in 2003 were put on the web. Since then they have had two number one singles. And this month, Crazy by Gnarls Barkley made pop history as the UK's first number one song based on download sales alone.
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Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Apr 23, 2006
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