Introducing... Thank you for The Days

LOCAL station Radio Forth will be hopping on to the The Days' awesome rock 'n' roll tour bus when it arrives in Edinburgh on Monday – and the good news is you can join them.

One lucky competition winner and a friend will be able to get stuff signed, their picture taken with the band and, best of all, be treated to a special live session.

If you fancy a piece of the action, simply email your name, age (over 18s only) and telephone number to theguide@edinburgh news.com

The Days are made up of Luke Simpkins (vocals/piano), his older brother Dan (bass), Harry Meads (drums) and Tim Ayers (guitar). The foursome hail from Devon and were spotted playing a gig in London.

After numerous offers from major labels the band decided to sign with Atlantic Records. Their indie-pop style similar to The Hoosiers has them marked out for success.

With debut single No Ties released this Monday, the boys can't wait to hit the road.

"We're really positive with the song itself and how we are playing as a band, which is important if we're going to be going out on tour promoting it," says Luke Simpkins, whose outfit earned their stripes supporting Paulo Nutini, Supergrass and Scouting For Girls.

"Now we know that we can cut it live, it's given us this great confidence," he adds.

So what can fans expect from the album?

"The album has a mix of different things. It's all kind of summery and reflects what we're into," says Simpkins the elder. "We want to get a bit of escapism in our music, so people can forget what they've been doing and get engrossed in it. It's all about catchy tunes. We try to keep each chorus big and poppy."

On the themes of the album, he says, "There's quite a chrono-logical timeline in a way, songs on there from when we were just a piano, bass and drums band.

"One called Confession, which is very piano-led, and a bit more Ben Folds Five. That's more positive – it's about getting to the end of your life and making sure you've done what you want to do. It's about making sure you set yourself goals, and that kind of shows where we were at the time – we were really struggling to get somewhere with the band, and that was prior to being signed.

"And then we've got songs, like Jane, we wrote on the road, and that's about girls stopping you in your tracks," he adds.

Being in a band with your big brother would be hell to some, but Simpkins the younger says mostly they get on just fine.

"We get along all right," he smiles. "It's when we're coming up with the music and in a rehearsal space it can get tense every so often because everyone's got their own ideas and being brothers we tell each other like it is.

"We'll let each other know if we're not happy with something. I think it rubs off on all of us – we all will be very open with each other and we'll get stuff done then because we'll not be holding anything back."