As pop heavyweights prepare to tackle the charts with World Cup songs, Preston band The Diamond Formation have created an alternative English anthem.
Band members Joe Ellard, James Mulholland and Tom Corney have grown tired of cliched football tracks and are preparing to take on Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez and Avicii with their own New Order Italia 1990-inspired track.
Joe and James both attended Our Lady’s High School in Fulwood, Preston, and the 29 year olds are both proud Preston North End fans.
Tom, 26, studied at UCLan and Joe calls him “an adopted Prestonian.”
And their unofficial anthem – All The Way (We’re England) – mentions late PNE legend and England international Sir Tom Finney in the lyrics.
He said: “The World Cup only comes around every four years and we are big football fans so we are always excited.
“But it is also a time for really rubbish music and we are sick and tired of people setting the bar low and listening to the same old stuff.
“So we created the band to make this song. We are influenced by music like New Order and wanted to make a record that reflected that. The track has a dance element.
“It is a throwback to the myriad charms of Italia 90, when Paul Gascoigne walked the walk, Umbro kits stole the show, long shorts were overrated, and Bobby Robson was our man.
“We are Preston fans and there is no way we couldn’t have mentioned Sir Tom Finney in an England track, especially this year – he was a North End legend and he is an inspiration to so many in the city.
“Football and Sir Tom mean so much to Preston and we hope people will embrace our song.”
The football anthem even has a hint of Portuguese in honour of the host country, Portuguese-speaking Brazil.
The trio have had a good response to their first single and the recording might not be the Manchester-based group’s only effort as their charity recording has gained popularity.
All proceeds raised from the single will go to football charity the Free Kicks Foundation and the band hope people will support their cause.
The band is also looking for people to star in their video by recording themselves watching England’s first match on June 14.
Joe said: “We want people to film themselves watching the match, like a football Gogglebox – we want to see your reaction to the game, the passion, the pride and use the clips to make our music video.”
For details on or to buy the single see http://thediamondformation.bandcamp.com.