Raising money for…..
The nucleus of ERM's band first came together to play a one off gig at a company party over 10 years ago. Now, the band has reformed to take to the road again. Re-invigorated by the youthful enthusiasm of its new members, we have decided to take some time off from keeping construction sustainable, and to join in the fun at Construction Rocks. The band comprises an eclectic mix of styles and instruments including driving funk baselines, searing lead guitar and electric violin. The band has picked the finest environmental songs they could find for the big night.
After having a keen interest in singing, Jack first joined a band at university where he studies Audio Engineering. He got the opportunity to practise, record, mix and master his band's work. Having a passion for 90's rock music, he tries to emulate this stylistically and always enjoys a good challenge.
Laura first picked up the violin aged 4 and was classically trained to Grade 8 by age 17. She quit orchestral concert halls for the pubs and clubs of London and Paris, hitting the stage in a range of rock, folk and country bands. Highlights have been sharing the bill with Hot Chip and the Levellers.
Grabbing the electric guitar when was around 9 years old and blowing up his parents' house months later with a huge Marshall guitar amplifier. Andre founded his passion putting a band together, recording albums and touring countries playing what the world needs (Old school Rock and Roll). He just has to find the closest Marshall amp.
Steve is a Transport Planner and bass player. His heroes are Jaco Pastorius and James Jamerson. If he could come close to either of those he'd be a happy man If there are more than 4 band members please provide their details in a separate word document.
Sarah has been known to sing. Occasionally in tune. She models herself on Gunther from the movie "Sing".
Michael has formal qualifications and the Piano and Percussion. The Guildhall School for Music, based up at the lovely Royal Hospital School, Holbrook, in Suffolk allowed him to learn the drums whilst viewing the activities on the River Stour. Probably the reason he continued with the lessons. Growing up in Suffolk, he became swept away by the fun, happy, energetic, and optimistic lifestyle that pop-punk music seemed to bring to the table. This lead to the creation of a band, an EP, and many shows based in Suffolk and the East Anglian Region. Michael developed a taste for more space-themed punk music with time, and he likes to be influenced by the great emptiness of space and the feelings that that great unknowing evokes. Therefore Michael sites the following bands as influencers that got him up and out and into music: Busted, Blink182, Lit, A, Angels and Airwaves, 30 Seconds to Mars.
Mike has played guitar in various bands over the years, including a 15 piece soul band in Oxfordshire. He loves a good groove, and will be hoping to get your feet tapping. He might even try a bit of a solo.
A band that started off as The Macenaries in 2014, and has developed and blossomed over the years to become…….
This “beautiful journey” has only been possible through the usual acrimonious spats, fallings out, moving to other companies, sackings, musical differences, clothing differences, age differences, disagreement on what differences actually exist, disagreement on the use of the words “beautiful journey”, and finally, occasional rehearsals.
The years have not only made the band stronger, but also older, greyer, and wrinklier…
……like all great rock bands should be.
Charismatic singer and front man. Known to occasionally keep his shirt on.
Known to occasionally stop soloing
Known to (very) occasionally stop “noodling” during rehearsals.
Known for filling a regularly “vacant” slot in the band lineup.
Known for getting to sit down whilst the rest have to stand up.
Not to Scale formed in 2016 in the WSP Birmingham office, then we were four rusty musicians who wanted an opportunity to rock out! (Now we’re four slightly less rusty musicians with the opportunity to rock out). Inspired by the capitals penchant for both charity and live music we performed our first gig in May 2017, to raise money for the midlands based charity Network Four, providing services to vulnerable people in the local area. Since then, we have played a number of gigs around Birmingham as a four and five piece band and started writing our own material. Construction Rocks in London will be an amazing opportunity for us to perform at the event that inspired us all to get together in the first place, as well as to finally play our original “Highway Blues” for an audience that will appreciate the lyrics. For Construction Rocks this year, we are honoured to be joined by some talented musicians from other offices in WSP, who have represented WSP at Construction Rocks in previous years and will take our songs to a whole new level!
From a background that consists of musical theatre and singing to the radio, Becca has taken up the lead vocals for the band. Becca has a way of making cover songs her own and providing lyrical input to our original songs, often reminding other members of the band that she needs some space to breathe in those lyrics!
Structural engineer by day, bassist by night, Elaine defies all the gender stereotypes!Elaine loves anything upbeat, especially funk, soul and gospel music, and is particularly excited about the addition of a brass section to the band for Construction Rocks.
Elaine started the band in 2016 as a new graduate, following a suggestion from her line manager-to-be (turned lead guitarist of Not to Scale!) in her interview.
Alex likes to “rub a bit of funk on it” with a blend of enthusiasm and improvisation much like his engineering. A building Services Engineer by trade Alex has worked at WSP since 2005 starting as a graduate. His style is rock/pop with a blend of soul and funk rubbed in, but enjoyment of the music and connection to audience is always his first thoughts in grooving out the beats.
After watching Michael J Fox rock out in Back to the Future, an impressionable young Alex decided the electric guitar was the instrument for him. After a while without a band, he jumped at the chance to be in Not To Scale. His band mates may have vetoed Chuck Berry but the influence is strongly felt in the first few bars of their song ‘Highway Blues’.
Tom meddled with synth and bass guitar in a variety of Indie Pop style bands in the late 80s/early 90s enticingly named The Fractals, Ten Fingered Tom, Naked Apes and Disastermind, gigging original material around London & Cambridge. A railway electrical power engineer with WSP for 24 years, he was last seen strumming an electro-acoustic and singing his self-penned Billy Bragg inspired rant “Yesterday’s News” in conservative Surrey but will be dusting off his 90s synth for this performance.
Director for Digital Railways, Steve’s early music making was as principal solo cornet for the Romford Salvation Army band before he took over as Musical Director. He now mixes it up with Concert Bands across Kent, his own brass quintet, and featuring in the rock horn section. His hobbies include running and flying light aircraft.
Formed late in 2018 through a mutual appreciation of fine rock music, we want to show the world the edgier side of construction and in particular the building control world through killer beats, grooves and soaring vocals
Born with a guitar in hand, Tambers has rhythm and flair in abundance, earned through a dogged history of life on the road with bands such as: Snake, The Immigranti and JWR.
Known as “The King” (or TK for short), Graham delivers thunderous beats with ferocious precision
A seasoned professional in the performing arts industry, JT is a crooner by nature with an enigmatic stage presence guaranteed to captivate any audience
Fliss is the queen of groove, guiding the band with her pulsating bass licks
The band comprises 3 Gleeds’ directors plus an ex-Gleeds, now client, semi-ringer ! Some might say the band are all long standing musicians with a depth of musical experience; some might say they’re a bunch of chancers and wannabie rock stars……..whatever you make of them, Gleeds intend to take this competition through the roof ! …..we will most certainly ROCK construction.
3 solo original albums recorded to date, plays in a rock covers band and has been known to dabble with certain 80’s pop stars. Gleeds’ Building Surveying Director in his spare time.
The diva that is the industry’s finest, loudest and most in-demand tub thumping engine room, that occasionally does a little quantity surveying.
Online session star and groove meister with London luminaries ‘Coverz Loverz’…..again, one that graces Gleeds with a little quantity surveying now & again.
Formed in 2009 the band has gone through the usual rock band 'artistic differences' and emerged stronger than ever! ! Maintaining their usual diverse set lists, they'll play anything from Nina Simone to the Black Veil Brides! One thing is sure...these misfits are sure to take the music they cover to a very different dimension. Looking to secure their 4th win!
Versatile accomplished guitar maestro, known as the 'sheep' for reasons best known to him. Sometimes worries he's not loud enough not realising the rest of the band have actually switched his amp off. Bless!
With a massive voice and even bigger personality, Gary is ero Charm's new front man. Apparently the lure of a first stadium gig was simply too good an opportunity to turn down.... best not tell him it's not actually the main stadium just yet??
Experienced all rounder (apparently), now prefers to focus on bass as only 4 strings so less chance of a duff note. Need to ensure he leaves the bar well before showtime!
Following the success of his previous band's Devon and Hell tour, Baz was the inspiration behind the formation of Zero Charm. Don't be fooled by the size of the drum kit - EVERY last piece is played using his trademark metronomic, hypnotic and rhythmic tone that is recognisable to those within earshot (about a square mile!) Such a brutal attack on the ear drums has rarely been accomplished with so much style and panache!
This is our third outing at Construction Rocks and we love taking part. We are mature musicians who play old fashioned Rock and Roll.
Andy is an old rocker.
Lisa is bringing down the average age of the band while belting out classy vocals.
Nick is an old rocker.
Terry is another old rocker.
George is yet another old rocker.