Local band the Lottery Winners are hoping to set to find themselves back in the charts this week with their second album ‘Sounds of Isolation’ being released just months after their debut at the start of lockdown.
Back in March the band released their self-titled debut album, which reached an impressive number 10 in the official UK charts and number 2 in the iTunes Charts, all during the first week of lockdown.
After losing their full year of scheduled tours, support slots with Kaiser Chiefs and McFly, summer festivals such as Glastonbury and Kendal Calling and any foreseeable income, the band were spurred to work even harder over the following months. Now they’re tipped for another Top 40 hit – so 2020 hasn’t all been bad for the group, whose singer/bassist Katie Lloyd and drummer Joe Singleton both hail from Lowton. The other two members, Thom Rylance (vocals/guitar) and Rob Lally (guitar/vocals) are fairly local too – from Astley and Tyldesley.
Listen to the Lottery Winners’ version of Jolene
During lockdown, the Lottery Winners have raised thousands of pounds with the release of their single ‘Love Will Keep Us Together’ for a pool of local mental health charities that provided help to those struggling during the pandemic.
They curated a weekly Facebook live TV show from their own living rooms, called LWTV Live, which picked up a huge numbers of avid watchers, and included a range of celebrity guests, including pop legend Rick Astley, Frank Turner and Rowetta from the Happy Mondays and X Factor fame.
As well as all this, the band have managed to write a full album, the ‘Sounds of Isolation’, from their own separate homes. Unsurprisingly, many of the songs pay tribute to the hard times the nation endured during lockdown – there’s even a version of Vera Lynn’s ‘We’ll Meet Again’.
The official charts on Friday mean the band could reach the top 40 yet again, making it twice during a pandemic.