Sefton Central Labour MP bangs the drum for Formby-based rock band

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson is banging the drum for Sugarking - with electric guitarist Joe Sullivan, lead singer Alyx Winter and bass player Izzy Brewer. Drummer Greg Scott and electric guitarist Kyle Taylor were not available for the picture.


Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson is putting himself between rock and 'the other place' as he supports a band of local musicians in their bid to Rock the House.

The MP has given his backing to Formby-based rockers Sugarking in their bid to win the prestigious Rock the House contest.

Hundreds of bands from throughout the UK enter the contest which is in its second year.

Rock the House is a Parliamentary music competition which has the backing of legendary rockers and musicians, including Alice Cooper and Julian Lennon.

Five piece rock band Sugarkings - Alyx Winter, vocals; Izzy Brewer, bass guitar; Joe O'Sullivan, electric guitar; Kyle Taylor, electric guitar; and Greg Scott, drums and percussion - are bidding to take this year's Rock the House title.

Bill Esterson nominated Sugarking, who are inspired by Guns N' Roses, the Rolling Stones and Stone Temple Pilots, to represent Sefton Central in the contest.

A panel of music industry experts and musicians will determine who makes the final live battle of the bands on the Terrace of the House of Commons on May 30.

Frontman Alyx said he was delighted Bill had nominated the band.

He said: "We've had this line up for about a year now and we practice most days. In fact, we put so many hours in to this, we must work in excess of 60 hours a week perfecting our sound. And you can really tell.

"We are currently unsigned, but we have had some interest in our latest demo.

"As a band, we are really made up that Bill Esterson has nominated us for the Rock the House contest.

"This competition could really give us the exposure we need to break through, but it's only a matter of time.

"We'd like to thank Bill for nominating us and giving us this chance."

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson is banging the drum for Sugarking - with electric guitarist Joe Sullivan, lead singer Alyx Winter and bass player Izzy Brewer. Drummer Greg Scott and electric guitarist Kyle Taylor were not available for the picture.Bill said he was happy to bang the drum for Sugarking and local music.

Bill said: "Sugarking are a great local band and they are a good advertisement for the creativity of our young people in this area.

"I wish Alyx, Izzy, Joe, Kyle and Greg all the very best of luck.

"I hope they make it to the final, and I look forward to hearing them perform on the Terrace of the House of Commons."