Twisted Wheel formed in February 2007 by two former members of The Children, guitarist and singer Jonny Brown and bassist Rick Lees. Brown and Lees were joined by drummer Adam Clarke. The band took their name from Manchester’s northern soul nightclub, the Twisted Wheel, having been inspired by Oasis naming themselves after a Swindon music venue. A week later, they played their first gig at Viva indie club in Stalybridge. Twisted Wheel where booked as one of the support acts for Oasis‘ 2009 Heaton Park concerts.
Bassist Rick Lees in 2009.
The band signed to Columbia Records in January 2008. Their first single, She’s A Weapon, was released in April 2008 to high acclaim by Radio 1‘s Zane Lowe, NME and Q. Their follow-up record, a five-track EP entitled You Stole The Sun, was released in July 2008.
The band spent much of 2008 touring, including an acclaimed homecoming gig at the Manchester Academy in September. They supported bands including Kasabian,The Pigeon Detectives and The View , played the Reading and Leeds festivals, and have been announced as the main support acts for Oasis in January 2009 and The Enemy in March 2009. Their sound has been described as old school gritty rock ‘n’ roll reminiscent of the Arctic Monkeys and the Clash. The band have been noted as “a breath of fresh air” by Liam Gallagher. They also have a fan in Paul Weller, who came to watch them at London’s 100 Club and subsequently invited the band on his summer forest tour in 2009.
The band’s debut album Twisted Wheel, produced by the highly acclaimed Dave Sardy, was recorded in June 2008 and released on 13 April 2009. The first single from the album, “Lucy The Castle“, was released in November 2008, with the follow-up, “We Are Us“, released in March 2009.The album reached a peak of 45 in the UK album charts and received mixed reviews by critics.
Since releasing the album the band have confirmed that they are working on new material and are due to release an EP early 2010. The follow up to the band’s debut album will be released some time this year and have “more hardcore rock n roll punk noise with deeper words and points to be made about the sad state of the music industry in England.” There is also talk of a new member joining the band “to sing harmonies and choruses and add something to the sound.”