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Dewsbury and Mirfield MP Simon Reevell’s bid to bring punk to Parliament

BRASS ACT Propane Penny want to bring the energy of pop punk and ska to the Houses of Parliament. Picture by Bruce Fitzgerald Photography.

BRASS ACT Propane Penny want to bring the energy of pop punk and ska to the Houses of Parliament. Picture by Bruce Fitzgerald Photography.

A punk-pop trio from Mirfield have been given the parliamentary nod.

Propane Penny are Dewsbury and Mirfield MP Simon Reevell’s chosen band for Rock the House 2014.

The competition pits bands from across the country against each other in various categories, with the winners judged by industry insiders.

Propane Penny bassist JP Drake said: “I’m absolutely elated to be Simon’s nomination.

“I’d very much like to play for him since he was kind enough to pick us.

“He clearly has a penchant for punk and ska. We were the obvious choice.”

Mr Reevell (Con) said: “I am really delighted that Propane Penny have entered the competition and wish them all the best.

“Rock the House is a great opportunity for unsigned artists to showcase their musical talent and to break into a notoriously competitive field.”

This year the band played the inaugural M Fest, Mirfield’s own music festival.

JP said: “We were pleased there was finally a music festival in Mirfield.

“The folk who were there thoroughly enjoyed it.”

The band is made up of guitarist John Gordon, 34 and drummer Chris Stables, 29, along with JP, 27.

The trio are often accompanied by horn section Byram Street Brass, who JP hopes will join them if the band wins the prize of playing on the House of Commons Terrace.

Other prizes include a gig at the Cavern Club in Liverpool – made legendary through its links to The Beatles – as well as slots at Download Festival and Cornbury, Gibson guitars, and a slot at a battle of the bands at The Bedford, London, in front of influential judges.

The competition was established to promote live music and intellectual property rights.

 

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