Ex-Snow Patrol bass player is out to prove a point with new band

FORMER Snow Patrol bass player Mark McClelland is happy to start at the bottom again, hoping to play the T Break Stage while his old band headline T in the Park.

Mark was axed from the band in 2005 before the band started work on their album Eyes Open.

He had created the band with Gary Lightbody six years beforehand while both were at Dundee University.

The new group, Little Doses, is made up of Mark, singer Kirsten Ross, Paul Mellon on guitar and drummer Michael Branagh, and they are one of 48 unsigned bands hoping to play T.

They will hope to impress the T Break 2007 judges at one of the showcases - either Edinburgh's Liquid Room fromMay 3-6 or Glasgow's King Tut's from May 7-10.

If they are chosen they'll be one of 12 bands who will play on the T Break Stage at T in the Park this July.

And it could also mean Mark will be playing while his old band headline the main stage on the Sunday night.

Last night Mark said: "I wouldn't be watching them anyway. I don't think I'll be missing out on much.

"It's still an open book but I haven't had any contact with Gary. I still don't know the reasons why I had to leave the band. No one has told me."

If Little Doses get picked, it will be the fifth time Mark has played T in the Park - and it's his second time on the unsigned stage after playing with a fledgling Snow Patrol in 1995.

But Mark still has to go through the showcase phase of T Break before he gets to play the festival, which runs from July 6-8. And he never thought of trying to pull strings.

He said: "You can't cheat. I wanted the band to have a good foundation to deliver, play live and not be thrust in the limelight and then fall on its face.

"I'd never ask to be put on just because I was in Snow Patrol. Everyone would just say: 'He just got it because of Snow Patrol and his new band are rubbish. But I want to show what we are capable of."

It's been nearly two months since T Break 2007 launched and Tennent's and their panel of judges have been inundated with nearly 1100 demos.

We can reveal that among the 48 are Dance Lazarus Dance, San Sebastian, The Clicks, Kobai, The Little Kicks, Tokyoblu and Radars.

George Kyle, Head of Sponsorship at Tennent's Lager said: "All of us have been impressed with the quality of entries for T Break this year."


Rick Fulton
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