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The Zanzibar is the best place for new bands.

WILSON Minds launch their album with a party at The Zanzibar on Seel Street tomorrow night.

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The band is lead by Liverpool singer, guitarist and songwriter Paul Wilkes, with James Brogan on bass/vocals and Carl Brightman on drums making up the three piece.

"We are really looking forward to tomorrow night.says Paul.

"For me The Zanzibar is the best band venue in Liverpool. So if you come down to see us we promise to put on an energetic engaging uplifting performance, backed up by big tunes. Just honest authentic real music. We're hoping for a great turnout and a great reaction to the album songs we are going to perform.

"Oliver Gosling and The New Caldera are also playing with us and we've got Oasis and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds tour DJ Phil Smith and Liverpool's Cooking Soup DJs, playing the best indie, alternative, Madchester and Britpop Anthems, so it will be a great night."

Wilson Minds recorded their debut album I Am We Are with producer Chris Potter, who has worked with the Verve, Blur and I Am Kloot.

It features guest performances from the likes of Damon Minchella from Ocean Colour Scene and Paul Weller and lead guitarist Geoff Wootten from The Gorillaz and Liam Gallagher's Beady Eye. So there's definitely no doubting the Brit pop influence? "I've been listening to REM's Out Of Time today actually but Ian Brown's Monkey Business was the first album I bought, " laughs Paul. He name checks Neil Young as one of his biggest influences and the musician he most admires: "It's down to his single mindedness towards making records, the way he handles himself on all musical levels and his guitar sound live is incredible," says Paul.

"His album Harvest is up there with my top three albums of all time, with Led Zepplin 2 and Marvin Gaye's What''s Going On.

"There's some great new bands I'm into at the moment though that you might not have heard of, The Shiiine and Shakedown Stockholm both great new bands."

Joining them is Liverpool music collective The New Caldera, who were formed in 2011 in Anfield by Peter Shewell, Tony Hart and Tommy Crofts.

Support comes from Wirral acoustic solo artist Oliver Gosling, who is currently working on new songs for his debut EP and in his own words "trying to make the money to get back into the studio".

? Wilson Minds album launch akes place tomorrow night at The Zanzibar Club, 8pm to late, PS4 on door.

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Date:Oct 4, 2013
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