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Alter The Press! Presents: Helter Skelter

Having spending his time writing the forthcoming record from Manchester Alternative/Ambient group IONA (formerly known as Early and Bright-Out), vocalist/guitarist Rob Scrannage recently decided to form a solo side-project under the name of Helter Skelter.

Classing his influences from Hexes to Trophy Scars to the likes of Ellie Goulding and Luke Pickett, Helter Skelter is still developing but as 'Even Angels Carry Swithblades' shows, Scrannage has neatly produced a light, melodic number that subtly shows depth and plenty of potential.

Whilst IONA is still a priority for Scrannage, Helter Skelter has the potential to sweetly grow, even to something more than a side-project.

For Fans Of: Civil Twilight, Luke Pickett, and Ellie Goulding.

Alter The Press: Why should Alter The Press! readers check you out?
Helter Skelter: You should check me out because I deliver a fresh spin on acoustic and ambient music. Blending elements of Pop, soul and electronica to hopefully create an overwhelming, somewhat claustraphobic atmosphere in my music. I aim to achieve a balance of rich textured backdrop with haunting vocal melodies layered on top.

ATP: What's the story behind Helter Skelter?
Helter Skelter: My current full-time band (IONA) are writing and recording our debut EP. Whilst tracking that record, I thought it would be good to do a few stripped down acoustic songs for myself when I wasn't needed in the studio. I decided to record a few demo's at home before I realized the potential it had. As of now its consuming as much of my time and writing as my band is. I hope to release a full EP/mini album by the summer. The music my band makes is a louder and harder version of what I'm doing, encompassing elements of the aforementioned qualities aswell as expressing the same message.

ATP: Single highlight as a band so far?
Helter Skelter: Well its extremley early days with this project so probably just finishing the first song on the EP and getting it out there to people. I literally just finnished mixing it last night.

ATP: What are your plans for the 12 months?
Helter Skelter: Mainly to record the EP properly at my house and release it through iTunes and other online stores. Hopefully play some full band live shows with all the percussive instruments and keys, as well as gigs with just me and a guitar. Also to get IONA on the road after the records done and tour off that for a while. I would say that eventually a record contract would be ideal but I think independant music should be stay intimate and heartfelt, especially to the audience that finds it.

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