A soldier from Chester hopes his band can use military muscle to defy the odds by claiming number one chart spot this Christmas.
Corporal Graham Webber, vocalist and guitarist with Firing Blanks, is plugging his group’s single Rockin’ at Christmas which will raise funds split equally between Royal British Legion and the National Foundation for Youth Music.
Graham, 29, originally from Newton, Chester, is currently a military training instructor who has served with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) for 12 years. Fellow band members include three fellow soldiers and an ex-serviceman turned civil servant.
Graham, a former Upton High School student, explained: “The aim was to create a catchy, Slade/Wizzard-esc rock and roll-style Christmas song that was an original and self-recorded.
“It’s a great and interesting alternative to the usual offerings from the music industry at Christmas time – an opportunity this year to support the underdog!”
Royal British Legion was an obvious choice as a recipient of the proceeds for its work supporting the armed forces. Two members of the band have backed the charity in the past.
Major Fraser Dowling worked with the ‘Help for Guitar Heroes’ club at RBL’s Personnel Recovery Centre in Edinburgh and Simon Pavitt supported injured soldiers at Headley Court through music therapy.
The band is also supporting the National Foundation for Youth Music who give young musicians an opportunity to make music, helping them overcome the challenges they face in life at the same time.
Previously the group played to a 4,000-strong crowd at Party in the Park for Armed Forces Day in Cyprus, which was where the idea of producing a fun Christmas rock song took shape.
Firing Blanks is the performance element of the Arborfield Garrison Live Music Club, Berkshire.