Young rockers to leave school early for UK tour

By Dan Santy 12/06 Updated: 12/06 11:01

Buy photos » Young rockers The Final Chapter will tour the UK - after getting permission to leave school early before term ends. (s)

YOUNG rockers from Rugby are getting ready to take the UK by storm - but only after getting special permission to leave school before the end of term.

The Final Chapter's five members - aged between 15 and 17 - have been given permission to finish school early to hit the road supporting Californian outfit Crown Jewel Defense on their 13 date headline UK tour next month.

It marks a major stepping stone in the young metal band's career, with Crown Jewel Defense having supported the likes of The Darkness, All Time Low and Foxy Shazam.

The Rugby five piece - who describe their sound as 'brutal, yet melodic' - were invited to join up with the American rockers after being discovered on Youtube by Crown Jewel Defense's management.

Still in high school, two of The Final Chapter's band members study at Lawrence Sheriff School, another at Ashlawn School and the remaining pair are at Northampton College.

Singer Jake Barnes told of the band's excitement at joining Crown Jewel Defense and opening for them at venues including Newcastle's O2 Academy, the Joiners in Southampton and The Tunnels in Aberdeen.

"We’ve been gigging locally for two years now, refining our sound and finding the right band line-up – while becoming more polished as performers and more sophisticated in our writing," Jake said.

"We’re big fans of Crown Jewel Defense and playing with them is a fantastic opportunity for us to be heard by thousands of people across the UK."

Alongside Jake are guitarists Brady Deeprose and Jaxx Jackson, bassist Josh Higginson and drummer Joey Scoltock.

The quintet will be chaperoned by pairs of parents working in rotation and will travel the country in a 17-year-old minibus bought on eBay to be the band's tour bus.

Their nearest gig to Rugby will be at Ballroom in Birmingham on Thursday July 5.

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