Coro St star helps band

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A for­mer Bri­tish soap star is help­ing to pro­pel three mu­si­cian sib­lings into the spot­light.

Mt Al­bert in­die rock band The Neo-Kalash­nikovs, made up of sib­lings Volita, Gabriel and Moss Bi­o­letti, has been cre­at­ing a splash in the United King­dom af­ter fea­tur­ing for­mer Coro­na­tion Street ac­tress Helen Flana­gan in the mu­sic video for their track Gor­geous Baby.

The four-minute video fea­tures the 22-year-old scant­ily-clad star lip-sync­ing the lyrics of the song.

It was quickly picked up by the Bri­tish me­dia last month and has since racked up more than 600,000 views.

The band’s drum­mer Moss says they had no idea the video would cre­ate such a stir.

‘‘I def­i­nitely didn’t think it would go vi­ral so it was re­ally awe­some to see ev­ery­one watch­ing it in the UK.’’

Ms Flana­gan, who played wild­child Rosie Web­ster in the lon­grun­ning soap, be­came in­volved with the video af­ter Moss cold­called her agent who passed on the track to her.

She loved the song and im­me­di­ately agreed to star in the video, Moss says.

Lead singer Volita then flew over to Lon­don to help co-or­di­nate the shoot, which took less than three hours to fit in with Ms Flana­gan’s sched­ule.

Ms Flana­gan told the UK’s Daily Mail news­pa­per that she has struck up a great friend­ship with the band.

‘‘I hope that by be­ing in­volved the band gets the recog­ni­tion they de­serve and hit the big time so we can make more mu­sic videos,’’ she says.

The video has opened up some great op­por­tu­ni­ties to work with artists on cult in­die la­bels in the United States, Moss says.

‘‘Like Sub Pop Records who are home to the Flight of the Con­chords, as well as be­ing Nir­vana’s label ear­lier in their ca­reer.

‘‘Both bands had a big im­pact on us through their mu­sic and suc­cess.’’

The band is now work­ing on gain­ing spon­sor­ship to up­grade its equip­ment be­fore prepa­ra­tion can be­gin for an up­com­ing tour of New Zealand, Aus­tralia, Ja­pan, the UK and the US.

Their next sin­gle Turn the Ta­bles is due to hit the air­waves in New Zealand to­day.

Vi­ral video: The mu­sic video for Gor­geous Baby, the lat­est sin­gle of Mt Al­bert in­die rock band The Neo-Kalash­nikovs, has gone vi­ral. From left: Moss, Volita and Gabriel Bi­o­letti.

Go to cen­tral­leader.co.nz and click on Lat­est Edi­tion to see the video for Gor­geous Baby.

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