By Amy Byers
The band recorded their first album in 2007 and released it themselves
Derby-based rock trio LostAlone have thanked their famous friends after landing a major record deal with Warner Brothers.
The band, who hail from Allestree, were handed their big break after performing with My Chemical Romance and Paramore.
Negotiating the deal took several months last year but the group were finally able to reveal the good news to fans shortly before Christmas.
Now they are looking forward to recording their second album in the US,
The band were formed in 2005 by Allestree's Steven Battelle and Mark Gibson and the boys welcomed new member Alan Williamson to the fold last spring.
It was a baptism of fire for Alan - his second gig was in front of a room full of record label bigwigs!
By signing with Warner Brothers, Lost Alone join a roster which already includes Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica and good friends Paramore.
Steven explained: "The deal came about because we supported a lot of American bands and some of them spoke very highly of us".
"We are similar to many of the bands we have toured with as we have no interest in fame but we do want to sell records.
"What's the point in being in a band if you don't want people to hear your music?
"We've formed friendships and toured with some of these bands multiple times - it's good to go on tour with people you feel comfortable with".
The band are now back in Derby, rehearsing every day ahead of several live dates. They also have 60 songs in contention for their record label debut and are keen to record it as soon as they can.