St Albans young guns are going for it!

PUBLISHED: 13:01 05 September 2009 | UPDATED: 14:24 06 May 2010

EAGER fans queued for over nine hours to see hot new local band Room 94 perform at the Camden Barfly. Some 200 music-lovers lined the streets outside the venue, which has acted as a launch-pad for many famous bands, in order to secure entry to the intimat

EAGER fans queued for over nine hours to see hot new local band Room 94 perform at the Camden Barfly.

Some 200 music-lovers lined the streets outside the venue, which has acted as a launch-pad for many famous bands, in order to secure entry to the intimate gig last month.

One teenage girl started queuing as early as 7am to see the pop/punk rockers from Colney Heath, Hatfield and Potters Bar, who didn't go on stage until about 9pm.

The show was a sell-out success which saw the four school friends from Nicholas Breakspear School in St Albans play their newly-recorded single Tell Me a Secret.

Drummer Dean Lemon, aged 15, said: "It has got to be one of the best gigs I've ever played, the atmosphere was fantastic."

Dean's brother Kieran, George Bagnelle and Kit Tanton, all aged 17, make up the remainder of Room 94.

The band formed in the autumn of 2007 when Kieran and George decided that a song they had written together, called Shipwreck, needed to be played by a whole band.

Kieran went home and persuaded his younger brother to learn how to play the drums, while George called upon another friend who could play the bass.

After a number of changes on bass, Kit took over at the beginning of the year.

Since then, the band have been playing clubs and festivals around Southern England and the Midlands, developing their sound and building up a solid reputation for youthful and energetic stage performances.

Performing as a support act for some high-profile local bands such as St Albans-based Saving Aimee, My Passion and Twenty Twenty, they have built up a large following.

One of the highlights of this year, aside from the Barfly gig, has been playing at the T-Fest in Thurrock which attracted more than 9,000 people during the weekend.

The band also appeared as guests on Phoenix 98 FM radio in Essex, which drew in the biggest audience ever for the particular show they appeared on.

Room 94 released their first EP, We Feel Like Royalty, in the spring, followed by a double single release of Tell Me A Secret and For The Win this summer. A mini album is set for release later this year.

The band will be returning to the Barfly in Camden on December 12 and will be supporting Twenty Twenty on some dates of their current tour.

Room 94 will also be appearing at the Pioneer Youth Club in October.

Lead vocalist Kieran said: "It's amazing to hear a crowd of people signing a song that you have written, it just inspires you to get even better."

For more information visit www.myspace.com/room94 or www.room94.co.uk


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