Already boast radio airplay across Europe and in the US.
Singer Steven Driver is quick to explain how The Agency have, like many bands these days, been trying to utilise the power of social media. When we released our album in the space of a week it was available for free download on file sharing sites in any language you can think of. I don t know, there s a compliment somewhere in that and it does make me giggle.
We ve been played on radio in France, Spain, Italy, the US and more. We ve got the album and single up on bandcamp". They don t confine themselves to traditional routes, but explore whatever path pops up in front of them and that s very true of how they came to form the band.
Steven began as a singer-songwriter, penning tracks for just him and his acoustic guitar. Spurred on by pals Garry Cosgrove and Steve Beyer, who are now The Agency s drummer and guitarist, a collective started to gather around the tracks.
Soon, the talents of Andy Ludbrook (bassist), Jim Ward (lead guitarist), Kerry Ramsey (backing vocals), Jason Blaney (drums), Gemma Thompson (cello) and Scott Wall (keyboards) were enlisted and the collective was born.
The Agency... Have played an array of gigs across the North East but, due to the ever-changing and evolving nature of a collective not all members are able to perform at each gig so they adopt a loose approach that compliments their eclectic musical stylings.
Steven explains: What you hear live is already different to what you hear on the album. The album has a kind of singer/songwriter/Americana feel in some parts; elsewhere we ve heard comparisons with the Velvet Underground.
The newer material has still got some of that feel and one song, Border Song, has been going down very well live. However, we ve added some rockier stuff too and even one song that s a little more progish. I think that s more honest for us really.