Meet one of Britain’s youngest rock bands – who formed aged just NINE and play gigs across the UK.
Beyond The Sons met through their music teacher three years ago and now practice religiously every Saturday near their homes in Newbury, Berks.
The group – with an average age of 13 – are already accomplished performers, and took to the stage last weekend to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee.
The band is made up of lead guitarist Jake Collingwood, 12, drummer Albert Lister, 13, singer Hector Marshall, 13, rhythm guitarist Ethan Knight, 12, and bassist Hayden Horrix, 14.
They play covers of their favourite artists at the moment – but have just started writing their own tunes.
Mark Collingwood, 44, stay-at-home dad to Jake, helps out with the band.
He said: “They sound amazing, for any age. I knew straight away they had something good.
“I expect they’re the youngest independently formed rock band in the UK. They just lucked out on finding each other.
“They’re all talented and so dedicated and they’re such a great bunch. Leo saw something in each of them and it’s worked out as a group.
“It’s a full, two-hour professional practice every Saturday, then they have independent lessons and practise every day – Jake for up to 70 mins.
“I’m immensely proud of them all and very excited for them.”
Jake, who looks every inch the rocker in his hat and leather jacket, started formal lessons age nine, and was talent spotted by teacher and band manager Leo Westby.
Mark said: “In Jake’s first lesson Leo said, ‘wow, he’s got something special, and Jake’s progress just flew under Leo’s tuition.
“He’s [already] playing some of the most technical stuff in the world, like Jason Becker.”
Jake said: “I just love the energy of rock music.
“I just want to play my guitar live and loud, and travel the country doing gigs and festivals.”
Long-haired vocalist Hector added: “I love music and singing.
“I’d love for the band to be big and successful, but most of all I want to perform at gigs and record more tracks.”
Hayden, on bass, said he’s hooked on music making.
He said: “I love that our band is making rock fun for others, and I love showing our videos.
And drummer Albert, who turns 14 tomorrow (8/6), continued: “I love creating music in the band – I can’t wait to see where it takes us.”
Finally, Ethan, on rhythm guitar, said: “Band practice is the best part of my week – I’d love to perform at a festival in front of lots of people.”
Jake, Ethan and Hayden were the original band members, followed by Albert and Hector.
The group suffered during Covid, with gigs cancelled and restrictions making it difficult to practice.
But Beyond the Sons rocked the stage at a Platinum Jubilee event in Cold Ash, Berks., on Saturday (4/6), performing 10 songs in an 80-minute set.
They are now looking forward to performing at other events this summer, including the Chilli Festival in Reading on June 18 and at Beastival in Portsmouth on July 9.
Hayden’s mum Sam Horrix, 33, said: “They’re amazing, and so hard working and talented. Adults struggle with the music they are playing.
“Their grit and determination through all the lockdown knockbacks has been incredible.”