Comedian Tez Ilyas stars in the East Lancashire rock band’s new music video

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Filming of Novustory with Tez Illyas from Blackburn

An East Lancashire rock band who have worked every hour possible to build their own recording studio, tour Europe and produce fresh music have released a video for their new single featuring the one of the region’s most famous comedians.

Blackburn’s Tez Ilyas appeared in the new video for young musicians’ single Love Me Too, Novustory, with singer and singer, Imogen Storey, saying they were honored to work with the comic.

Lancashire Telegraph: Filming Novustory with Tez Illyas from Blackburn

Lancashire Telegraph: Filming Novustory with Tez Illyas from Blackburn

Ms Storey said: “Tez Ilyas is one of Britain’s most famous comedy stars. He’s been on Mock The Week and Live At The Apollo and he’s fronted his own Channel 4 show – The Tez O’Clock Show.

“Working with Tez was fantastic – he really is such a funny guy.

“We became friends after we recorded his audiobook in our studio (if you haven’t had his book, it’s definitely worth reading) and obviously we were honored when he agreed to be in the video.

Lancashire Telegraph: Filming Novustory with Tez Illyas from Blackburn

Lancashire Telegraph: Filming Novustory with Tez Illyas from Blackburn

“We had to reshoot a few scenes because he made us laugh so much.”

But Tez isn’t the only big name the band have worked with on the new track, as Novustory, who built their own recording studio, Esche Haus Audio at Cathedral Studios in Blackburn in 2018, worked with Adam Cecil Bartlett (who has worked with U2, Biffy Clyro, Katie Melua and Nothing But Thieves), and had vocal assistance from Stevie Lange (Led Zeppelin, Robbie Williams, Rita Ora and ACDC).

And after starting with nothing, grafted from scratch, the band feels like they’re finally getting somewhere in the industry.

Lancashire Telegraph: Filming Novustory with Tez Illyas from Blackburn

Lancashire Telegraph: Filming Novustory with Tez Illyas from Blackburn

Ms Storey continued: “The new song is about working your way through the industry and feeling like it’s a game you’re constantly losing.

“We started with zero contact with the music industry and grafted our way to a record deal and forged celebrity connections along the way.

“We’ve also just hired a young girl into the studio and we’re opening doors for her as well – she’s 19 and we’re recording songs for her in return for her being a drum tech for us at Novustory gigs.

“Working with Stevie Lange was amazing, we drove her home in the Land Rover after one of the vocal sessions and we were sitting there like, ‘This woman has literally been in the studio while recording ACDC Back In Black and she is currently sitting in the car we bought for £250,” it was crazy.

“She taught me so much about my own voice, things no one else had noticed, she just cut to the chase and fixed it for me.

“Working with Adam ‘Cecil’ Bartlett was amazing too – he came to the studio we built in Blackburn and spent a few days working on it with us, then we went to his studio in London and added some extra stuff and the whole experience was just hilarious and exciting and we are so happy with the finished product.”

Novustory signed a record deal with Regent Street Records last year and new single Love Me Too is now available on Spotify.

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