Andy Muscat gears up for the Edge of the Wedge

Andy Muscat and his band

Andy Muscat and his band

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Rising Portsmouth soul stars Andy Muscat are celebrating the launch of their second EP with a party tonight at the Edge of the Wedge.

Frontman Andy, who also gives the band their name says: ‘It started about two years ago, I was doing my solo stuff and decided to get a backing band. That morphed into a full band, it just has my name.

‘We’ve got our own sort of sound, I guess you’d call it indie-dance-soul-funk.

‘We love all the old soul stuff, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, but also the stuff like Nile Rodgers and Chic.

‘And we love all that ’90s dance music, but we wanted the lyrics to be more than just “dance and be happy”.’

‘We try and play our sets like a DJ set, linking the songs together with little snippets – we’ve got a cover of Robin S’s Show Me Love on the EP, it’s a bit unusual when you first hear it, but it goes down really well.’

The band are also looking forward to playing this summer’s Victorious Festival after a successful appearance on the mainstage last year.

And they will be on the bill at the Big Blue Gig on May 2 for the Tom Prince Cancer Trust.

Physical copies of the EP will be on sale at the gig and it will be available to download from tomorrow.

Support at the gig comes from local artists George Wedlake and Heir Of The Dog, as well as London-based soul band New Street Adventure. For tickets see wedgewood-rooms.co.uk, or call (023) 9286 3911.

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