The Next Big Thing


Article from The Daily Mail

WHO ARE THEY?

A new girl band who are hoping to reach the top without the catfights or Premiership boyfriends.

WHAT’S THE SPIN?

The quintet’s record label, Fascination (home to teen pin-ups The Jonas Brothers), reckons that The Saturdays are ‘a five-woman whirlwind’ who will put some fun back into the charts.


AND THE REALITY?

Well, the garish outfits and irritatingly catchy debut single are in place. And with Girls Aloud and the Sugababes (11 albums between them) approaching pop veteran status, The Saturdays’ timing is spot-on. Some will dismiss them as manufactured disco dollies, but they seem unfazed: ‘We’re a proper, full-on girl band and we love it,’ they say.

WHAT DO THEY SOUND LIKE?

More Rihanna than Girls Aloud. Their first single, If This Is Love (set to chart on Sunday), is a slick, electro-soul number built around a sample from Eighties synth duo Yazoo. The vocals are a little shrill in places, but the overall feel is upbeat and feisty.

WHAT’S THE ST0RY?

Two of the girls, Essex lasses Frankie Sandford and Rochelle Wiseman, were members of S Club Juniors in 2002. They continued to sing after that ill-fated project fell apart and eventually hooked up with Londoners Vanessa White and Mollie King, plus Irish singer Una Healy, a guitarist who has already released a solo album in her homeland and is regarded as the band’s most sensible member.

AND THEN?

The group got their big break when they supported Girls Aloud on their Tangled Up tour earlier this year. They have since recorded their debut album, as yet untitled, and are planning to play live at a London showcase when it comes out in October.

WHAT NEXT?

Chart success without the tantrums and tittletattle, hopefully. Frankie says: ‘We’re not models who can’t sing. We all sing and we all dance. No one’s telling us what to do. We’re all different because we’re just ourselves  –  and that’s the way it should be.’


About Matt

I’ve been running fan websites since around 1997, when I launched a Spice Girls website, a few years later I launched a website for the pop-group Steps, which in 1999 became Generation Steps later in the mid 00′s I launched PCDWorld and later The Saturdays Fansite. I’m presently a Network Administrator and a trustee for the UK charity the Dyspraxia Foundation.

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