A RISING star in Castleton is celebrating after his band were signed by an independent record label.
Eighteen-year-old Joe Smithson from Moorlands Park is over the moon at the news.
He is guitarist and provides vocals with the band The Master Colony who are being tipped as the next big thing.
The four-piece band, based in Middlesbrough, have signed a contract with 208 Records in Wiltshire.
The other three band members, who are all from Teesside, are lead singer and guitarist Alistair Sheerin (19), Lewis Mondal (19) (bass and vox) and Adrian Neal (22) (drums and percussion).
They were together for seven years before they joined up with the Castleton guitarist.
Joe has been playing the guitar for roughly four years and said that his ambition to be a successful music artist, came when he joined up with the other band members almost two years ago.
The band has already had successful gigs including supporting the likes of The Beat and Twisted Wheel and say their most memorable performance to date was at The Liverpool O Academy.
The band is now hoping to go down to Wiltshire to record some new material at the end of July in the very studio that Babyshambles demoed material for Shotter's Nation.
More information can be found about The Master Colony on their website www.themastercolony.com
The boys also have some upcoming gigs lined-up at The Union Arms in Yarm on 22 July and The Forum Music Centre, Darlington, on 20 August.