THE SUN’S Bizarre had a chat with the boys from Sons Of Admiral (The band of the youtube generation): Meet ALEX DAY, TOM MILSOM, CHARLIE MCDONNELL and EDDPLANT – an online sensation with more YouTube subscribers than LADY GAGA.
To help put this in context, between them they have more than 830,000 followers, while the US singer has just 330,000.
Each member of the band is a global star, with views for their individual YouTube channels topping 100 million.
Alex said: “To put our geekiness into perspective, me and Charlie released an album entirely dedicated to Doctor Who.
“When I told my parents I was making videos on the internet, they were like, ‘That’s nice, dear’.
“They didn’t really understand, but we had each other to appreciate what we’re doing.
“We’ve already had albums out on iTunes individually, but we realised if we could combine all of our strengths then we could come up with something great as a fourpiece.
“Sons of Admirals was meant to be a side project, but it’s turning into one of the most successful things we’ve done.”
Whilst their solo records comprise original recordings, the band have chosen to record Cat Stevens 1967 hit Here Comes My Baby – we like the idea of coming together to do something different to our solo projects and so we are recording great songs by established artists who our fans might not know, yet explains Alex.
“I thought Here Comes My Baby has a fantastic melody and a timeless quality that would be a solid basis for building something new,” said Tom Milsom, who arranged and produced the single. Asked to characterise the sound, Tom replied, “I’d call it something like ‘accessible steam-punk pop’. But all we really wanted to do was make it as good as possible.
“This isn’t a lead singer with a backing band, added Eddplant.Instead, we’re trading off the lead among all four of us, and we all combine for the backing harmonies.”
The video that launched the single was written and directed by band member Charlie McDonnell and launched on his YouTube channel, charlieissocoollike, the most subscribed channel in the UK. I wanted to introduce each of the members and give the band a kind of ‘origin story,said Charlie. The video for Here Comes My Baby has already had more than 2 MILLION VIEWS.
Here Comes My Baby will now be released as a digital bundle with an acoustic version of the single and a brand new video. The video will be directed by Charlie and the fans are deciding what the lads will be doing in the video! It will also feature the band’s version of the theme from the cartoon show Arthur which has been causing major excitement on their websites since it was announced.
Sons Of Admirals
The band of the youtube generation
Release their debut single Here Comes My Baby on October 25th 2010
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