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Album launch helps lifeboat crew

The Storys on Llanelli beach
All six band members grew up near the sea

A band with more than a passing interest in the sea has launched their latest album with a special concert for the local lifeboat.

The Swansea-based Storys also performed a set from Town Beyond the Trees live on BBC Radio Wales.

Mumbles RNLI lifeboat said it was great of the band to think of them as they prepared for their busiest period.

The band's lead singer Steve Balsamo said all six members were "rooted" in the area and knew of the sea's dangers.

Balsamo said: "We've grown up in the same coastal communities as the lifeboat crews so we have a broad understanding of how important they are.

"The sea is a brilliant playground to people of all ages who live in south Wales or visit the region, but it can also be dangerous.

Steve Balsamo at the gig in the Ostreme Centre
Steve Balsamo at the gig in the Ostreme Centre

"The simple fact is that the lifeboats are manned by volunteers who save lives; it's difficult to think of a more worthy calling in life."

Mumbles lifeboat crew secretary Gary Tanner said the concert came as the crew were preparing for their busiest time - the summer season.

"Last year RNLI lifeboats rescued more than 8,000 people, an average of 22 a day.

"As a charity, the RNLI is reliant on voluntary contributions and legacies for income."

The gig at the Ostreme Centre, Mumbles, with tickets for only 120 was also broadcast live on Alan Thompson's the Evening Show on BBC Radio Wales between 1930 and 2130 BST on Monday.

Wedding scene

The band said live music was integral to the show - in the 1980s the BBC Wales broadcaster was singer and songwriter in the indie guitar band Peppermint Parlour.

The concert also featured Mumbles based singer songwriter Mal Pope , who is co-host of the Evening Show.

The Storys are currently enjoying UK-wide exposure in the recently released Jason Statham film The Bank Job in which they star in a wedding scene.

They played a live set for national audiences on BBC Radio Two and will support Sir Elton John - who they have played supported on tour for the last two years - at his concert in June at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea.

The album Town Beyond The Trees is released on CD on Tuesday.

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