Welwyn Garden City man’s band releases first official single after The Naked Choir triumph

PUBLISHED: 17:32 28 April 2017 | UPDATED: 17:46 28 April 2017

Welwyn Garden City's Joe Novelli and his group The Sons of Pitches. Picture credit: Mark Leedell

Welwyn Garden City's Joe Novelli and his group The Sons of Pitches. Picture credit: Mark Leedell


A Welwyn Garden City man’s band have officially released their first single after soaring to victory in a BBC music competition.

Joe Novelli and his group the The Sons of Pitches, who won The Naked Choir in 2015, released their new track Utopia today.

The band is based on a cappella music (performing without backing tracks or musical instruments), and former Stanborough School pupil Joe said he was delighted with the progress.

He said: “It’s amazing and such a big step up for us because we have spent years doing cover songs, and now it’s really nice for us to be able to be making our own stuff.

“In many ways it’s our own little project, it’s been so much more enjoyable and we have really loved it.”

Following the group’s success, Joe and the other members quit their jobs to commit to music full-time, and have since embarked on two UK-wide tours, with another scheduled for June and July.

They have also recorded an album – which includes the latest single – that is set to be released in the near future.

“We have been working so hard to make all this happen,” the 24-year-old added. “I think it’s just a relief that it’s finally out because it’s been a long old slog.

“But we are really excited for the single, the album and the tour.

“We have done it now and we are just waiting to see if people like it and it’s just exciting to see what happens.”

Joe, who previously volunteered at the Herts International Church in Mundells, said it was nerve-racking putting out their own material for the first time, but he was hopeful for a positive response.

The track is available to download from Apple Music, Google Play and Spotify.

To get tickets for The Sons of Pitches’ up-coming tour visit, their website http://www.thesonsofpitches.co.uk/.

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