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Sunday 28 December 2014

Alloy Mental's fast track to fame on Sony game circuit

Gran Turismo 5 Prologue was released last weekend
Gran Turismo 5 Prologue was released last weekend

A Belfast band is to have one of its tracks featured on a high profile video game release predicted to be a blockbuster.

Gran Turismo 5 Prologue, the latest in the hugely successful Gran Turismo series and a title exclusive to Playstation 3, was released last weekend featuring a track by electro/punk outfit Alloy Mental.

The song, We Have Control, the title track of their 2006 debut LP, will be used throughout the game alongside international artists such as Weezer, Mars Volta and DJ Shadow.

Gran Turismo sells 10 million copies worldwide and usually ranks among games consoles' best sellers.

The new game can work with 16 participants in online races, over 70 cars and six tracks.

Alloy Mental's frontman Martin Corrigan was overjoyed that the band's music had been immortalised on such a popular game.

"It feels like a great endorsement having Sony behind the track," he said.

"It's fantastic exposure for the band it's certainly our biggest score in publishing stakes to date. Gran Turismo is available all over the world and it's crazy to think that so many millions of people will be hearing the track on a daily basis."

Alloy Mental - Phil Kieran, Martin Corrigan and Danny Todd - have already built up a strong fan base around Northern Ireland.

The band released the album We Have Control and followed it up with performances at the Basement Jaxx Beach Party in Portrush, the Glastonbury Festival and the Tennents ViTal event at Ormeau Park in Belfast last August.

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