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In November 2016, cousins Joseph Crookall (lead vocals/rhythm guitar) and Sam Quilliam (drums/backing vocals) came together with the idea of forming a band after Joseph made a move to Newcastle (from the Isle of Man), following a spark of success as a singer-songwriter. Having supported Tom Jones, 10cc, CAST, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, as well as playing a handful of festivals across the UK, Joseph felt the move was necessary to concentrate on the next chapter.
Ready to generate new ideas, Sam called in a former band mate of his, Jack Dancer (bass/backing vocals), who he had shared success with both locally (in the north east) and nationally, having played on Glastonbury's BBC Introducing Stage as well as playing a Maida Vale session with Huw Stephens a few years back.
Completing the line up is Joe Taylor (lead guitar/backing vocals). Sam and Joe went to school together where they played in jazz bands alongside each other from an early age. Joe went on to study jazz/trumpet at Leeds College of Music, as well as creating a name for himself as a singer-songwriter in the north east music scene.
Sharing significant clicks through family, musical chemistry and small tastes of success; a strong foundation was set for PRIZE. The four got together in early December 2016 and began writing from the off. With a solid catalogue of material, the band began playing live in September 2017, playing plenty of support slots for local on touring bands across the North East. After playing a handful of festivals over the summer, with plenty of gigs under their belt, PRIZE played their debut headline show at The Cluny in Newcastle, October 2018, which was a great success. Following their headline show, they supported local favourites, Shields at their EP Launch at The Star and Shadow Cinema in Newcastle.
Releases (as heard on BBC Radio 6 Music and BBC Introducing):
"With immediately hooking rhythms and high-hitting vocals, Prize’s debut track 'Radio' is mightily impressive. And through memorable indie-rock chorus it’s got mainstream radio potential written all over it and sets our expectations very high for this newly emerging band from Newcastle." - SPOTLIGHT UK.
"There aren’t many songs which start so strongly that it feels like you’ve been hit by a bus, in an incredibly bloody good way." - Reyt Good Magazine.
Is That Right? -
"PRIZE really ought to have thought long and hard before having a song called Is That Right? because all it made me want to do was watch 80s quiz shows. Thankfully, the indie band redeemed themselves with this absolute bop of a pop track." - Narc Magazine.
Both tracks were recorded and mixed DIY in the basement of a teahouse and Joe's bedroom.
The musical intricacies, tight harmonies and rhythmic patterns in their writing style is drawn from their relatively broad ranged influences... but with their own sound/feel, of course.
To name a few - Joseph loves The Police, Coldplay and Kings of Leon. Sam loves Everything Everything, Two Door Cinema Club and Frank Ocean. Jack loves D'Angelo and Paul Simon. Joe loves John Mayer and Ryan Adams. This concoction of 'loves' essentially generates PRIZE's genre, heavily sitting on the indie-pop line, but with a hint of blues, funk, reggae and rock...