Since getting together in the summer of 2002, My Girl Sleeps (MGS) have been busy learning their craft and building a loyal fan base through extensive live performances all over the UK.
Along the way they have picked up many accolades including winning ITV 1’s ‘Music Uncovered’ and the National Battle of the Bands title. Now they are ready to try and fulfil their ambition of becoming one of the UK’s leading rock bands.
The first couple of years saw MGS follow the well-trodden path of local and national gigging, self financed EP’s and lots of new material being developed to create a sound that was unmistakably MGS.Early in 2004 the band signed a one album deal with Liverpool label Chromium Records. The album, titled ‘A Short Distance to Nowhere’, received some rave reviews and became very popular throughout the internet independent rock sites. Unfortunately a lack of funding did not allow a full release but that did not stop good levels of sales to fans in both the UK and US.2004 was turning into a good year for MGS and the band were really pleased with three live television appearances on ITV show ‘Music Uncovered’ which they ended up winning with 56% of the live finals public vote. This led to headline gigs at well-known venues like Camden Barfly and Northampton Roadmender, as well as their first big festival appearance at Guilfest, which really started to widen the band’s fan base.
2005 also started well when MGS won the National BOTB final at the Wolverhampton Civic hall in front of 1500 music fans. The competition, which ran for a year and included over 400 of the UK’s best up and coming bands, gave them a growing confidence that they were progressing in the right direction as the panel of industry expert judges made them comfortable winners. Industry recognition has continued to increase with labels in the UK and the US showing keen interest in the band’s progress. With several festival appearances lined up for the summer alongside some of rock’s legends and their first headline at the B91 festival, MGS are looking forward to further progress through 2005.
While a record deal remains on their agenda the band is in no rush to put pen to paper. They all agree that the live scene is where they really want to excel and it’s performing live for the fans, which will always be their top priority.
See also: www.myspace.com/mygirlsleeps