A metal band is storming the charts with their latest single reaching # 1.
Blyth Road is a band made up of the Russell Wiggins quartet, Richard Bagnulo, Bruce Dodin and Harry Diffey.
They all met while studying at Global Academy in London in 2018 – and three years later they are achieving record success.
Their last track Exorsa went straight to number one in the iTunes rock chart and placed in the top ten for all genres.
Russell, who lives in South Oxhey, says his stint at Blyth Road has been a “wild trip” and he’s excited about what the future may hold.
Russell is no stranger to the limelight. In 2015, he made a video highlighting the torments of bullying as part of National Anti-Bullying Week.
The musician, who suffers from Asperger’s syndrome, had been forced to quit three schools because of bullying, but his poignant video certainly struck a chord, with more than 200,000 people watching it.
A comment left on the video told Russell that “things are getting better” adding “don’t choose to give up.”
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About six years later, Russell’s outlook on life is certainly much brighter and he is now enjoying continued success with his fellow bandmates.
Earlier this year, the band’s track Blood in my alcohol jumped to the top of the iTunes alternative chart and to the top of the main iTunes chart, with Ghost, also going to number one in the classification of metals.
The group, who are all in their early twenties, were supported by radio DJ Chris Moyles and his station Radio X, where band member and drummer Harry worked for about two years.
Speaking about his experience with Blyth Road, which is named after the street the Global Academy is located on, Russell said: “I never expected to be in a band and never chose a guitar. bass of my life.
âFor me it’s been a wild ride and it’s been a huge learning curve, but it’s been great. We have so much material and there are some very exciting prospects.â
Harry added: “Never in a million years did we think we would get a number one, let alone three number one singles on iTunes. We exceeded expectations.”
Blyth Road, who writes and creates his own music and produces his own videos, performs at concerts and in underground venues, but performing at major festivals is one of their goals.
A festival scheduled for Nottingham later this year is set to be their very first major live performance.
Russell added: “We want to take over the world, we aim high. Performing at the Download festival is a big dream for all of us.”
to listen Exorsa here.