South Yorkshire indie band land UK number one album

January 28, 2023 1:08 pm

[Source: BBC]

Indie rock band The Reytons have scored their first ever UK number one album with their self-release What’s Rock And Roll?

The South Yorkshire band have spent weeks campaigning to get to the top spot, evening opening a pop-up shop at Meadowhall shopping centre to sell their record.

The group said their success was a triumph for “normal people”.

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Frontman Jonny Yerrell added: “We’ve worked all our lives for this.”

The band, completed by bass player Lee Holland, guitarist Joe O’Brien and drummer Jamie Todd, formed in 2017 and released their debut album, Kids Off the Estate, in 2021, which narrowly missed out on the top 10.

Yerrell said he believed the band’s appeal was down to them being an “honest, transparent bunch of lads”.

He said: “We’re writing normal songs because we’re normal people in normal places and thanks to them normal people we’re number one in the UK.”

The musician said the band, along with family, friends and managers had “grafted” as hard as they could all week.

“The community, the people of Meadowhall that have been coming to see us in the shop to buy our albums, it’s felt like it was the 90s – there’s a nostalgic feel to what we’ve done this week.”