By Tony Glynn
TURNING the ordinary into the extraordinary is the name of the game for a zesty new rock band from Bideford.
Boardwalk Isabella, led by musician James C Hughes, are hoping to burst onto the scene with their debut album and single. Yet the video for the latter, available with a quick peek at YouTube, features the little white town in a bright new light.
Resurrection Man, now released on ITunes, was filmed in Bideford on a humble IPhone 4S. But iconic sights such as the long bridge and Tarka Trail tunnel are given the special effects treatment, and may be unrecognisable to some.
“We wanted to show Bideford in a completely different light," said Hughes. "Those who have seen the video say it looks like a town in America. Our vision for the band is that we don’t just want to be big in the UK, but on an international scale.”
Hughes, who once worked with Ian Broudie of The Lightning Seeds and punk outfit The Banned, is originally from London and then lived in France. After deciding to make his return to form a band, he “literally put a pin randomly in a map and it chose Bideford”. From his new base he worked on songs for the album, entitled Headed For The Promised Land, and then began the quest to find band members to help him record it.
“I knew I had something in the songs,” said Hughes. “They were so different from the usual, X Factor stuff.
“First I found Nathan Porter to play lead guitar and backing vocals, and then former Tinie Tempah drummer Steve Tanton and rhythm guitarist George Thomas. And we even got Peter Maher, engineer to U2 and The Killers, to do some producing. More recently we got gospel singers Sarah Devonshire and Marie Thorpe to do some backing. They’re a great group.
“I’m incredibly excited, we’re getting radio play and great feedback for the songs people have already heard. Once we’ve finished all the promotional stuff we’ll start gigging, and I can’t wait.”
It’s early days for Boardwalk Isabella, but it’s a case of watch this space. To buy the single Resurrection Man or view the video visit www.boardwalkisabella.com. Headed For The Promised land is due out in September with Reconnection Records.