North Shields band ready to follow in Sam Fender’s footsteps and crack America

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Hector Gannet will draw comparisons with local lad Sam Fender, but are a talent in their own right

A rising North Shields band are prepping to take their music across the pond and to the United States as they hope to follow in the footsteps of fellow local lad Sam Fender.

Hector Gannet is a four-piece band formed of Jack, Joe, Martin and Aaron who are set to head States-side in April.

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The North Shields boys are fresh off two landmark shows, one at London's Victoria Dalson and another at Newcastle University Students Union last weekend.

With a rising status and lofty potential, comparisons with Shields' Fender are inevitable.

Just like the 'Seventeen Going Under' singer, Hector Gannet do also champion the North East in their lyrics, which are often environmentally-minded.

Indeed, latest single 'The Eighth Day' is an introspective look into human's role on the earth.

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Aaron said: "It was inspired by a childhood memory of staring at the night's sky to the point where I got a bit spooked out about it.

"It's about significance or insignificance, and what people deem to be important, or not important.

"It was inspired by the times we live in, it's a bizarre world and people need to re-evaluate their priorities"

The band first broke through playing live to beautiful footage of the North East in the background.

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At their live shows, including last weekend's in Newcastle, the group give out packets of seeds to concert-goers to share their green-minded message.

Speaking about their imminent trip to the US, Aaron said: "I've never really been anywhere myself like, so it's quite a big step! I'm looking forward to it.

"There's a few live dates planned, quite a bit of radio stuff and a promotional step on that side of the water."

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