The Independent Group will begin recording immediately to have album ready for summer

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The Independent Group will go into the recording studio and begin cutting tracks this week with the intention of having their first album ready for summer

The eight MPs who recently split from the Labour party, will focus on a classic rock sound with some soul and country influences, with the Rolling Stones and Neil Young being obvious musical touchstones.

“It has been a dizzying few days,” said Chuka Umunna, MP for Streatham and drummer for The Independent Group.

“But, the time for fine words is now over, we must now prove that we are serious, and we can only do that with our music.

“Both Mike and Luciana have been working on new songs for several months now, and I think we’ve got the makings of a fine record here.”

It is thought that Ann Coffey, who is known throughout Westminster for her rich, soulful voice, will take lead vocal duties.

Angela Smith will play bass and will join Umunna to create a tight engine room for the group. Chris Leslie and Gavin Shuker will take lead and rhythm guitar, respectively.

The recently defected Joan Ryan is a keyboard player, but it is not clear if she will feature on all tracks on the album.

The news will only add fuel to the rumours that Anna Soubry will soon be joining them as she is known for her ferocious saxophone licks, and could give the group real credibility with serious music fans.

The Independent Group’s album –‘Up Yours Jeremy’ – will be released in Summer, and will be followed by a short tour.