COULD 2012 be the year that The Manic Shine – which includes Kelso brothers Tamir and Orren Karp – make their big break?
The London-based rock band have signed their first record deal with the Animal Farm and are re-releasing their debut album Blindsider next month.
The deal has already paid dividends, with two appearances of their music on Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks.
Tamir told TheSouthern: “We did our first EP with the Animal Farm and we were very pleased with it.
“They were quite excited about working with us and after some dialogue and various meetings, we were offered a three-year deal.
“We have had a PR guy working with us and he has already tripled our social network followers on Facebook and Twitter to 3,000.”
Tamir and Orren are both products of Kelso High School’s music department, where Tamir was a trumpeter.
A move to Aberdeen for the former to study to become a music teacher failed to work out.
Tamir’s journey, via a free music course in Edinburgh which developed his drumming skills, took a turn south to the UK capital to join his brother and pave the way for the creation of The Manic Shine.
The brothers teamed up with Hutch Hutchison and Ozzie Rodgers in 2009 and now, with a record deal in their hands, the quartet plan to tour Scotland and the Borders in March.
Tamir, who works in a music shop, added: “We would like to play in Kelso as that is where we are from and ideally the Tait Hall.
“However, I am not sure we would fill it yet so we may go for a smaller venue.”
As for signing a record deal, often seen as the holy grail for budding musicians, Tamir told us: “There is a mystique about being signed up and it brings a pressure to keep making new music.
“We will also have to keep gigging as that is crucial to developing our fanbase and getting exposure.
“People think you get loads of cash when you sign a deal but the reality is not like that. You don’t earn money from it until you are touring with massive bands or playing in front of 10,000 people.”
With fans across the world – including India, Canada and Finland – The Manic Shine’s main aim in the coming year is to grow their audience in the UK.
They will release a video of an acoustic version of an album track later this month and expect to release a series of singles at regular intervals throughout 2012.
As for summer festivals, the band hope to return to Knockengorroch in Dumfries and Galloway and have entered a competition which would guarantee them three slots at three music events through the year if they win.
“It is notoriously difficult to get on to the festival scene,” said Tamir.
“Certain promoters have a stage and only play bands they are familiar with.
“But once you are known, word spreads quickly and you get plenty other festival slots.”
To support The Manic Shine’s bid to play three summer festivals, vote at www.redbullbedroomjam.com/band/the-manic-shine/