Chorley band is hoping to have landmark tour

From left, Jon-Lee Martin, Charlie Hartley, Helen Thorpe, Thomas Griffin and Sean Doherty. Not pictured new band member Joe Thorpe
From left, Jon-Lee Martin, Charlie Hartley, Helen Thorpe, Thomas Griffin and Sean Doherty. Not pictured new band member Joe Thorpe

Some of Lancashire’s most popular beauty spots are set to go on a worldwide tour thanks to an up and coming band.

After securing a three-album record deal with Hatch Records, Chorley band Then Thickens have sights on touring America, Australia and even Japan.

But it’s the titles of their tracks which means spots such locations as Yarrow Road and the RiverRibble will be getting exposure abroad.

The group names albums and tracks after spots and places in Chorley and the surrounding areas.

Their latest album Death Cap at Anglezarke is to be released in February .

And lead singer of the group Jon-Lee Martin is delighted with the group’s success.

He said: “I’m obviously pleased with how things have gone. I’ve had record deals before and they haven’t always worked out.

“But this one with Hatch was different and it seems legit.

“Naming our songs I always look around home because I am proud of where I come from.

“It would be false to write about something not connected to us.”

The group have been together for more than two years and the deal will hopefully see their music played all over the world.

But Then Thickens are different to most bands.

The group never once sent off clips to record companies.

Instead they just kept on playing.

And Jon says one special performance brought interest from record promoters.

He added: “Biffy Clyro are big fans of ours and they invited us to play a show.

“It was after that the big-name labels started sniffing around us.”

The band practice at the Rose and Crown, Chorley and to repay a favour to owners Kurt and Danielle Smith, they will be playing a free show in

December.

Jon said: “What the Rose and Crown have done for us has been an amazing help.

“Kurt and Dani understand local music so on December 23 we are playing a show to say thank you.”

The band are taking to the road at the end of November and all information can be found on their facebook page. www.facebook.com/thenthickens.