New album: Mesh 29 - Secret Traffic

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THERE'S not many Peterborough bands who can claim to have had a top 40 hit in the past few years.

THERE'S not many Peterborough bands who can claim to have had a top 40 hit in the past few years.But one who can is Mesh 29.

And the indie-rockers are looking to follow this success with their second album, which they have been putting the finishing touches to over the summer.

Mesh 29 became only the second unsigned band in history to break the top 40 singles chart when single Over The Barricade entered at number 35 last year.

It springboarded them to gigs across the country until they decided to take a break and record their second album – Secret Traffic.

Today the band are preparing for a couple of launch shows ahead of the release of the album in October.

Singer Anthony Mezzatesta said a lot of effort went into the recording, but he's confident the financial burden will reap benefits on its release.

He said: "Secret Traffic is a really important album for us. It holds our strongest songs, our personal feelings and has had everything emotionally and financially we have put into it. It's been an expensive risk.

"We had to open three credit card accounts to pay for the making of it. Sometimes if you're going to do something, it's best to do it properly, and I think, I hope, this time we've done just that."

Fans will get to go to a secret launch party on September 1 by invite only, but the band have lined up a show at Peterborough's Met Lounge on September 4.

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Adam added: "We really liked the idea of holding a secret party for our fans and friends. At Peterborough gigs we're always dashing about before the show, so we thought it'd be really cool to hold a gathering, for a chance to chat with everyone, preview the new album and perhaps play a song or two. Like a calm before the storm.

"The Met Lounge for us is the big one. It's always great to play our hometown and It'll be the first show of the tour with a secret new drummer and bass player we're calling the 'Secret Traffic band.'

"It'll be really good to play the new songs, now that people have heard them on record. It'll just be a great night."

Adam and Anthony Shiels, who plays piano, met when they were pupils at Sir Harry Smith Community College, in Whittlesey.

They started writing songs together, and soon began playing pubs and clubs when they were 16.

After signing with Peterborough-based AMS management in 2005, they recorded their debut album Dead Machine.

Mesh 29's popularity soared when they were a featured band on internet site Myspace, and were mentioned as a hot tip in NME.