A SALISBURY band are taking the music scene by storm - celebrating the release of their first EP and winning three awards.

Echoes is made up of Natalie Manning, on lead vocals, Jordan Hicks, on guitar, and drummer Tom Armstrong.

Last month, the band picked up awards for best new band, best young band and best band at the Salisbury Music Awards.

The band said: "To get these three awards was amazing but also came as a slight shock as this was our first year at the awards and really our first year performing live as a band.

"We have been working very hard since the start, writing songs, recording our first EP and now performing live so we’re so glad our hard work paid off and people liked our music, style and stage presence."

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The trio grew up together and went to Stonehenge School where they were in a school rock band.

After leaving school they went their separate ways - studying and working - but continued to perform in different bands and shows, which led to their paths crossing once again.

This year, the band have also celebrated the release of their first EP, which has "spurred" them on to write and record more music.

The band said: "Since releasing our EP we have increased our bands following on social media and had lots of great feedback from the songs. This has also spurred us on to write and record more songs.

"After recording our first EP we now know what aspects went well and what needs to be improved, now we have a better idea of what we want and how to approach the recording process and therefore improve the quality of recording for our next release.

Echoes previously performed at Madding Crowd Bournemouth supporting Roy Stride, the lead singer from Scouting For Girls, in December last year.

They performed live at the Winchester Gate during the Salisbury Music Awards.

"It’s so good to now be performing again live showing everyone what we can do, but to also show some new songs and other songs that we weren’t able to record at the time," they added.

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"The majority of gigs we have performed recently have been outside gigs with large stages. So it was amazing to finally have an actual inside intimate gig where we could get up close with the crowd. The sound of the set and inside the Winchester gate was loud and in your face. Matched our style perfectly.

"So safe to say we have missed performing live especially on a proper inside stage."

Echoes say they have "lots" of gigs planned and are working on new music, adding: "As always we are currently working on lots of new songs, but next we plan on recording some singles to a much higher standard along with shooting music videos for them."



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