Rising stars The Tyne will now be known as SOAP ahead of an upcoming UK tour.
The group, who recently supported Busted across their UK arena tour and were named as one of CelebMix’s Ones to Watch for 2023 will embark on a seven-date string of shows this month, kickstarting in Birmingham on Tuesday.
SOAP had made a name for themselves under The Tyne alias thanks to a string of exciting pop/punk releases, a collaboration with NOAHFINNCE on ‘(NOT A) LOVE SONG’ and their charismatic live sets.
The band adopted its original name when forming more than four years ago and has gone through various changes since then with little link to the river in the North East, aside from lead signer Ryan hailing from near Durham.
Confirmation of the name change was announced online and accompanied by a new cover of Gwen Stefani’s smash ‘Sweet Escape’ and confirmed that the band’s next single is called ‘Work Is Hard, Life Isn’t Easy’.
Explaining the decision, the group wrote: “Well then… big news for a Monday. Let’s get straight to the point. We have decided to change our name from ‘The Tyne’ to ‘SOAP’.
“This has been something we have thought about for a while and we know it may come as a surprise to most of you! ‘The Tyne’ has served us well as a name over the last 4 years and we’ve been able to put out so much we love under it! We’re not gonna be ignoring everything we’ve done before discography-wise either. Our Spotify/Apple Music and so forth will all be changed to ‘SOAP’ with all old music still on there!
“So, why the change? Why ‘SOAP’? We’ve been playing around with the idea of a name change for a little while (no we haven’t been sued). ‘The Tyne’ has always felt very comfortable to us as it’s been our name since we started this band. But it always carried a sense of confusion between us. Who is The Tyne? We felt like it was time to have a name that represents all of us.
“We’ve been asked questions by everyone about why we’re called ‘The Tyne’ and we don’t have a good enough reason to justify it, we’re all from London (apart from Ryan who is actually from the North East). The name itself came from a song lyric from a band we like! (We’ll tell you the song in 10 years time).
“Now some of you might like the name and some of you might hate the name! But we love it! We’re really excited to move forward with the music we feel better represents us with a name that we feel better represents us!”
Tickets to see SOAP on their headline UK tour are available here.