PSYCHIC Sally is at the Parr Hall next month but if you want to see a different type of ‘telepathy’ go to Friars Live.

The Black Jackals will be headlining the north west music showcase at Friars Court in Barbauld Street on Saturday, April 1.

And drummer Mark Swift, a former Penketh High School pupil, reckons he and his bandmates instinctively know what each other are thinking during their live sets.

“We bounce off each other and communicate with each other really well,” said the 31-year-old.

“Even on stage we’re looking at each other and following each other. Everyone seems to know where we’re going.

“You always seem to know what the other person is thinking.

“We know each other that well that we can read each other’s body language.”

The gig, which will be the band’s Warrington debut, will see them play alongside Calling Alaska, Dirty Berns and Fez.

Mark, from Great Sankey, added: “It feels good. I haven’t played at Friars Court for many years.

“I did a couple of gigs there when I was in bands during my music course at Warrington Collegiate so it will be good to get back into the town.”

It is shaping up to be a good year for The Black Jackals after they signed a deal with independent record label Sound Hub Records who put out the four-piece’s debut single, Demons, in November last year.

The video to the track has had almost 20,000 plays on the group’s Facebook page.

They have also announced their next single, Got What You Want, which will be out in late spring.

The song was premiered on BBC Introducing on BBC Merseyside earlier this year.

‘Your whole day fades away. You’re just in the moment’

Mark said: “I’ve always wanted to release a single and we’ve had a great response.

“It was a great feeling when we got Sound Hub’s support.

“We went down to do some recordings with them and their help has been fantastic.

“We’re trying to push that little bit further now to get a deal with a major record label.”

Another highlight for the band has been performing at ‘Shiiine On Weekender’ supporting some of their heroes like Cast, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Inspiral Carpets and The Happy Mondays.

Mark added: “It’s all 90s so it was like going back to the era when we were young and where the music all started for us.”

But Mark has to balance his passion for music with the reality of full time work. He has a day job at a PVC window frame factory.

“We mainly gig at weekends and practice midweek,” he said.

“That can be a pain because you can be tired after work but once you’re in a room with the lads, get behind your instrument and start playing your songs nothing else matters. Your whole day fades away. You’re just in the moment then.

“Everything we’ve done – the songs, the live shows – has that feel to it where you want to do it every day. It gives you that energy.”

Being in a successful band has been Mark’s dream since he was about eight.

Mark, who has been drumming in bands since he was 11, added: “My dad asked me wanted to do with my life and I was watching MTV with a drummer going mad on this song and I thought: ‘I want to do that’.

“I used to get my mum’s knitting needles and start banging on things. I loved watching Genesis, Queen, Led Zeppelin and The Who and hearing all these different styles.

“When you’re first starting you watch these people and how much energy there is behind the drum kit and that, for me, was it.”

The Black Jackals headline Friars Live on Saturday, April 1. Doors open at 7pm and entry is £4.