Rocking dads head for fame after London gig bookings

A SELF-DESCRIBED ‘ultimate midlife crisis band’ formed to live the dream of being ‘dads by day, rock gods by night’, is aiming to become a big noise after being booked to take to the stage in some of London’s biggest venues.

Comprised of ‘middle-aged dads from Crowborough and Maidstone’, SuperZero played their first gig at CrowFest last July and have since been releasing their own music, said lead vocalist Brandon Keenen.

The band have played at the Camden Assembly and are due to support Pulled Apart By Horses at the O2 Academy in Islington later this year.

Despite the London gigs, their focus is the South East – a goal made possible thanks to local festivals and promoters.

“CrowFest was a huge launchpad for us,” Brandon said.

“And what Tunbridge Wells is trying to do with music is very helpful. Black Deer, Local & Live, CrowFest and The Forum – these are our goals.”

Brandon, who  was originally the drummer –moved to Crowborough from Scottsdale, Arizona in 2007.

“I’m just a dude that works in tech and commutes to London, but lockdown inspired me to finally chase my lifelong passion,” he said.

The band originally got together to play for a birthday party – which was cancelled due to lockdown – but stayed together, rehearsing under rules which allowed work.

With Brandon writing lyrics and guitarists Neil Abnett and Sam Aflatt writing the music, SuperZero are determined not to be a ‘cover band’, and released their most recent single, ‘Whiskey Sunshine’, on December 23.

All of the band members have day-jobs, which keep their feet on the ground.

Brandon is a tech marketer, lead guitarist Neil Abnett owns a gardening business, drummer Martyn Cheesman is a drug rehab supervisor and bass guitarist Sam Aflatt is an electrical plant supervisor.

SuperZero will support Pulled Apart by Horses on Saturday February 4. Tickets from:

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