LEGENDARY Keighley Goth Rock band Skeletal Family are continuing to work on new songs with recently-recruited singer Hannah Small.

Trotwood, a Skeletal Family founder and musician who is also the long-time guitar technician for Paul Weller, said coronavirus had forced the band to change its way of working for a few months.

In recent months the band, popular on both sides of the Atlantic, had played several gigs and were busy recording demos in readiness for a full studio session.

Trotwood, aka Roger Nowell, said: "Before the lockdown Skeletal Family were lucky enough to record five new songs at Paul Weller’s Blackbarn Studio.

"The songs have already had interest from record companies from both sides of the Atlantic. Paul himself was impressed with Hannah's vocals, and was looking to get the band dates with Skunk Anansie, who he recently guested with.

"Skeletal Family, now unable to rehearse, plan to write enough new songs to complete an album. They have one date in the diary in September in York. Hopefully we'll be back on track by then.

We recently Manchester Night People and Dublin Thomas House. Hannah has been accepted by the fans, even bringing new ones.”

Skeletal Family unveiled its new look during a special gig at the first Keighley Arts and Music Festival last October, with Hannah on vocals and long-time local musicians Adrian Ozzy Osadzenko and Karl Heinz also in the line-up.

The Keighley Goth rock band started out as The Elements before becoming Skeletal Family and achieving national renown and an indie number one in the 1980s.

The band has since been through various line-ups – with founders Trotwood and Stan the constants – and in recent years with original vocalist Anne Marie back on the mic they built a new following on both sides of the Atlantic.

Skeletal Family set out on the road in January.