Band take on the X-Factor

The Black Hands band
The Black Hands band

A Derbyshire band are challenging the might of Simon Cowell in a bid to get to Christmas number one ahead of the X-Factor winner.

Blues-rock outfit The Black Hands has been picked as part of a campaign to get an unsigned band to the much-coveted top slot.

Band Crusade invited thousands of bands from around the country to enter and has now whittled the field down to 100, but only one will be chosen to take on the X-Factor.

Singer Joe Hayes, 23, of Ashover said: “I think a lot of people are fed up with the X-Factor and don’t take it seriously.

“It is an entertaining programme but it leads to a lot of manufactured pop music.”

The six-piece formed 18 months ago and have already made several festival appearances including playing the main stage at Y Not earlier this month.

They are currently on tour and have just released a new ep this week.

Joe added: “ I would not personally like to go on a talent show. I think working your way up and building up a good fan base is more important.”

Voting runs until November 15. The winner will record a single and music video in time for Christmas. If Black Hands win their current single, called 45, will be in the running for Christmas number one.

Wes Metcalfe, of Band Crusade, said the campaign was set up by three music fans from Sheffield.

He added: “We are hoping to re-introduce real bands back into the UK music charts.”

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