FORMER Ossett School pupils are making a name for themselves after their bands hit the high notes with renowned music labels.
Matt Abbott, 19, who left the school last year, has just landed a six-album deal with London-based Mercury Records.
Mr Abbott, of Wheatroyd Crescent, Ossett, performs under the title Skint and Demoralized with Sheffield-based partner David Gledhill.
The pair are recruiting a session band for a UK tour in October and hope to record their first single in New York in June.
Mr Abbott, who recently appeared on the BBC's Inside Out programme, said: “We started by putting free downloads on the internet, which is a really good way for up-and-coming bands to get heard.”
He described his music as ‘credible pop’, adding: “The songs are all about true experiences. I write about what has happened in my own life.”
Matt’s breakthrough follows on the back of the success of The Cribs, who attended the same school and shot to fame in 2004, releasing three albums on the Withita label.
Indie-rockers New Vinyl, formed by guitarist Johnny Davis and drummer Andrew Berry who grew up together in Ossett, could also be on the verge of success after having interest from several record labels.
Mr Davis, 22, said the band was looking forward to playing UK festival dates over the summer. He said: “With the success of The Cribs it has helped put Wakefield on the map. We are in this for the long haul though, we don’t want to be packing it in after three or four years.”
He said the band, managed by Wakefield promoter George Fisher, was waiting to find out if a booking at the Clarence Park music festival would go ahead.
Music fan Rob Whitehouse, who is IT manager at Ossett School, has championed the talents of the young musicians, and often attends their gigs at Wakefield’s Escobar and the Cockpit in Leeds.
He said: “New Vinyl are a great live band and I can’t understand how they haven’t been signed by a major label yet. I used to tell the lads off for looking at guitar websites during lessons, but it seems to have paid off for them now.”
He has also tipped bands Merry Go and Last Gang, both formed by former Ossett School pupils, for future success.