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An unsigned teenage singer-songwriter, with a novel approach to band line-ups, has landed a chance to win a recording contract – yet he has only ever performed a handful of gigs in his life.

Modern Eulogy is the brainchild of an 18-year-old from the village of Oughtibridge, Sheffield – the concept of the band is that, lead singer-songwriter apart, it has an ever-changing mix of members, or a ‘liquid line-up’ as the frontman describes.

The band, plus its unknown line-up, is one of six shortlisted from 50, that will perform this week (27/09/07) at the city’s Runaway Girl venue in the Sheffield Battle of the Bands contest.

The competition is being run by London-based record label End of the Trail Records, whose last competition, held in Nottingham six months ago, resulted in two bands being signed.

Matt Williams, 18, who goes under the band name Modern Eulogy, has just finished A-levels at Hillsborough College and deferred his place at Chester University for a year while he tries to break into the music scene.

He said: “I can’t quite believe that I’ve played hardly any gigs and now I’m going to be performing in front of a record label with the chance of landing a deal.

“The idea for Modern Eulogy is that it’s me as singer-songwriter, and then I’m going to bring in different people each time we perform, so the line-up is constantly changing, or liquid.

“To be honest, we’ve only ever played about five gigs and I’ve only just got round to getting some tracks online through a mate who’s now left for uni.

“So this has totally come out of the blue – a mate talking to a mate, who passed on a link to the band’s MySpace site, and now I’ve got a crack at it.

“You do hear of people playing back bedrooms one week and Glastonbury the next, so who knows.”

Kelly Munro, owner of End of the Trail Records, said: “This is a great formula for us to see unsigned bands performing live and creating a bit of healthy competition. In fact, at our last Battle of the Bands, we signed two up.

“We’ve seen more than 50 bands in and around Sheffield and now we’re seeing the cream of the crop go head-to-head.”

Six unsigned groups will fight it out in the Battle of the Bands competition on Thursday, 27 September at the Runaway Girl.

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