A PICKERING band are kick-starting the next phase of their music career by launching a crowdfunding campaign.

HUNTER-GATHERER, with band members Bron Bury, Sam Womack and Kristian Ward, want to raise £1,300 to record their debut EP, Out of the Woods.

Sam (vocals and guitar), Kristian (bass and vocals) and Bron (drums) were born, educated and now work in Ryedale.

Individually, the band members have gigged throughout Ryedale, though since forming HUNTER-GATHERER have performed from Manchester to Nottingham.

“We are not northern enough to be on the radar of the North-East music scene and we are classed as an out-of-town band for York and Leeds,” said Bron Bury.

“As a result, we have continually had to fight to secure slots on gig circuits and radios in these areas.

“This EP will give us a solid piece of content to build around, enabling us to tour more extensively and hopefully build relationships with record labels.

“We take great pride in putting Pickering on the map, and will continue to do so.”

Operating out of a spare room in Bron’s house on the edge of the North York Moors, the band have received the co-sign of everyone from the likes of BBC Introducing York and North Yorkshire, and With Just a Hint of Mayhem, through to Paul Crossland, and even a monk of Ampleforth Abbey.

After self-producing and recording the initial run of singles, the Pickering band are hoping to record their debut EP at Young Thugs, in York.

“Beyond our unique sound, the messaging of our music is routed in a desire to create a better world,” added Bron.

“Our music takes aim at the status-quo of 21st century politics in a direct, yet nuanced way.

“Our commentary on modern world affairs is designed to prompt people to think freely, act responsibly and treat the world with respect.”

To donate, visit crowdfunder.co.uk/bring-hunter-gatherer-out-of-the-woods