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True Blood: Norwich band Sennen bitten by vampire show
By Zoe Applegate
BBC Norfolk

True Blood's Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer
Anna Paquin and Essex-born Stephen Moyer star in vampire drama True Blood

Hit US vampire series True Blood is to feature a track by a Norwich band.

Sennen have had a song from their latest album picked for a scene in the award-winning TV drama which is screened around the world.

Top Hollywood music supervisor Gary Calamar, who has earned two Grammy Award nominations for his work on the show, has chosen Sennen's SOS track.

"We're really, really pleased as it's so good to be picked up by him," said guitarist Rich Kelleway.

The band - which also consists of singer and guitarist Larry Holmes, bassist Tim Kelleway and drummer James Brown - knew Gary was a fan as he's been spinning their tracks on his radio show on Los Angeles station KCRW.

"To have someone like that who pays attention to your music is fantastic," said Rich, who works in Norwich City FC's IT department.

"In my opinion he likes and plays good music and we kept finding out that he'd been playing us, so we knew he was keen on us."

Top awards

Sennen
Sennen released their album Age of Denial in April

The TV drama which stars actress Anna Paquin, who's appeared in films including The Piano and Jane Eyre, has a cult following and has won a string of sought-after awards including a Golden Globe and an Emmy.

True Blood has been a worldwide hit for its tales of vampires, telepathy and voodoo after it was adapted for TV by Six Feet Under creator Alan Ball from Charlaine Harris's Southern Vampire Mystery books.

The show, which is broadcast on HBO in the US, has been screened on Channel 4 and satellite station FX UK in Britain, and has attracted an audience of millions.

New audience

"The exposure is great," said Rich, "and hopefully it will introduce us to a whole new audience."

The song is being used on an episode in the series' forthcoming third season, expected to go to air over the summer in the US.

It's not the first time that Sennen have had their music used on a TV soundtrack - earlier this year their cover of New Order's Bizarre Love Triangle was featured on American teen drama One Tree Hill.

However, Rich believes the True Blood outing is another step up for the band, who originally got together in their home of Isle of Wight before moving to study in Norwich in an effort to keep the band together.

"While One Tree Hill uses lots of music, I've been told that True Blood doesn't and they're also very fussy about what they choose," he said.

Sennen have released all three of their albums including their newest pressing Age of Denial on Hungry Audio - whose joint founder Adrian Cooke introduced Gary Calamar to Sennen's brooding guitar-soaked soundscapes.

Hollywood meetings

Adrian Cooke
Adrian Cooke pushed Sennen to Hollywood executives

Adrian, who is development director at Community Music East and a presenter on BBC Norfolk Introducing and Future Radio, was invited to the music supervisor's house in the Hollywood hills last year.

It followed a meeting months earlier at the British Consulate in Los Angeles during a record label trade mission.

But Adrian got his biggest inkling that Gary was a Sennen fan when he attended a music conference in Cannes, France, in January and the music supervisor started playing them at a listening session.

"I'm so pleased that they've been picked up," said Adrian. "They've been on the label since 2005 and this hopefully opens the way for them to sell records in America."

Norwich music convention

For other bands hoping to emulate Sennen's Hollywood success, there will be a chance to meet two Los Angeles music supervisors - who have worked on the hit film 500 Days of Summer and show Heroes - at the first Norwich Sound and Vision event in September.

The three-day convention has been organised by Adrian, who hopes it will follow in the footsteps of other showcases like Liverpool Sound City, to give local and national bands and labels access to some of the industry's movers and shakers.

The soundtrack panel will also include UK representatives from Sony Playstation and RDF Media.

Adrian said: "None of these people, even those who live in this country, have ever been to Norfolk before so this is an opportunity to meet them and put in your demos."

Catch BBC Norfolk Introducing every Friday between 7 and 8pm on 95.1, 95.6 and 104.4FM, DAB and online. Listen for seven days after broadcast on the BBC iPlayer.




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