Previous Events

Feb 18th - Doghouse Presents: THE NIGHTINGALES & Blue Orchids

THE NIGHTINGALES

Doghouse @ Arden Road Social Club - 8pm 

£10 advance & members. £11 on the night

The NIGHTINGALES formed in 1979 in Birmingham, England by four members of Birmingham's original punk group The Prefects who had been part of The Clash's 'White Riot Tour', recorded a couple of Peel Sessions, released a 45 on Rough Trade and, years after splitting up, had a retrospective CD released by New York indie label Acute Records.

 Described in John Robb's definitive book on 'post punk' Death To Trad Rock as "The misfits' misfits" and comprising an ever-fluctuating line up, based around lyricist/singer Robert Lloyd, the Nightingales enjoyed cult status in the early '80s as darlings of the credible music scene and were championed by John Peel, who said of them - "Their performances will serve to confirm their excellence when we are far enough distanced from the 1980s to look at the period rationally and other, infinitely better known, bands stand revealed as charlatans".

The original members were Robert Lloyd on vocals, Eamonn Duffy on bass and Paul Apperley on drums, all formerly of The Prefects. The band, before splitting up, played more sessions on John Peel's BBC Radio 1 show than any other band excluding The Fall and Half Man Half Biscuit.[1]In the late Eighties the Nightingales stopped working but, following the occasional gig between times, they re-grouped in 2004, with Lloyd being joined by original Prefects guitarist Alan Apperley.

The current line up features Robert Lloyd, Alan Apperley, Andreas Schmid on bass and ex-Violet Violet drummer Fliss Kitson.

Since restarting the group have been more productive than ever - releasing five 7" vinyl singles, a 10" EP and six studio albums (plus two live albums), touring England, mainland Europe and USA numerous times, recording many radio sessions along the way. They have been invited to play various festivals in Europe and the States, including Glastonbury and SXSW. Their "Let's Think About Living" 45 was 'Single Of The Week' on BBC 6 and they have continued to receive regular rave reviews for their records and live shows.

 Consistently one of the best live experiences in the country - BRIGHTON NOISE One of the best live bands in the UK at the moment  – LOUDER THAN WAR

The surplus of ideas on display is nothing short of dizzying  –  THE FLY Ace lyrics, riffs and ideas burst out from all angles – RECORD COLLECTOR

They genuinely sound more vital than ever - UNCUT Utterly astonishing slice of genius  – ROCK & REEL

As original as it is uncompromising  – STOOL PIGEON Droll, surly, ace, a proper rock & roll group  – MAIL ON SUNDAY

An astonishing, invigorating album of raging righteous attack – MOJO Among the best song writers we’ve got – ARTROCKER

Worm their way into that itchy bit of the brain that so seldom gets scratched - GUARDIAN UNLIMITED Utterly compelling– SILENT RADIO

Fiercely energised, it presents art-punk-rock ‘n’ roll almost as literary form – Q A bristling torrent of ideas, anger, danceable rhythms and caustic melody – THE QUIETUS

Incendiary and uncompromising – FLIPSIDE  With The Fall getting Lifetime Achievement awards and Gang Of Four canonised it is long past time the wayward genius of Robert Lloyd and his cohorts was recognised - RECORD COLLECTOR

The Nightingales subjugate a rapt and breathless audience with a performance of sinewy magnificence - DAILY TELEGRAPH

Still stunningly relevant - LONDON EVENING STANDARD A living, breathing beast of an album - ARTROCKER

Age has neither dimmed their rage or diminished their satire - PLAN B As difficult, original and wonderful as ever - BRUM BEAT

It’s the opposite of what reformed bands do, but it’s exactly what they should do – LOUD & QUIET

The future of erudite rock’n’roll depends on the likes of Nightingales – TALK PUNK An arch glam terrace stomp through UKIP heartland – SUNDAY TIMES

Blue Orchids

Blue Orchids have just released their latest album, The Once And Future Thing, which shows Martin Bramah's songwriting to be as strong and diverse as ever, from the powerful opener "Good Day to Live" to the delicate and sensitive "Rosy Hours" and the twisted English city blues of "Motorway." Backing Bramah live is a new band comprising Chris Connolly on drums (Glitter Band, Jah Wobble), John Paul Moran (Monochrome Set) on keyboards and Vince Hunt (A Witness) on bass.  They'll be performing a set filled with classics from the group's entire catalog. These dates mark a long-overdue return to the stage for Bramah and his mesmerising, shamanic performances. 

The Once And Future Thing confirm Bramah's status as one of the Britain's most inventive and original guitarists and a superbly measured, thoughtful lyricist.  Perhaps that's why Blue Orchids were chosen by Nico (Velvet Underground) to back her for several years; why his songs were covered by Aztec Camera, Sonic Youth, Dustdevils, Camper Van Beethoven, Crystal Stilts, Slovenly and many more; why he's been acclaimed by successive generations of musicians and writers for "making music which is introspective yet exhilarating, sad but stirring." 

 The founding guitarist of The Fall and its primary songwriter on early releases, Bramah formed the Blue Orchids with two other disillusioned Fall members after the release of the Live At The Witch Trials album - with almost instant success.  John Peel championed the 7" singles "Work" and "The Flood" and had them record two radio sessions. Soon after, a high-profile tour with Echo & the Bunnymen followed.  Their debut album, The Greatest Hit (Money Mountain) topped the indie charts and delivered five classics still in the set today - "Sun Connection," "Dumb Magician," "A Year With No Head," "Low Profile" and "Bad Education."

Over the years, the members of Blue Orchids came to read like a Who's Who of independent music, including members of Dislocation Dance, James, The Smiths, Primal Scream, Buzzcocks and more.

Ten years after his initial departure from The Fall, Bramah rejoined for the band's Extricate album - to date, still the band's biggest-selling album . . . and then departed again, with Mark E. Smith telling him, "You're just too good for the band!" (likely the only time a Fall member left the band with actual praise from the irascible Smith!)

Having created one of early post-punk's most distinctive sounds with their strung-out keyboards weaving around inventive, discordant guitar patterns -- once described as "Phil Spector meets the Velvet Underground beneath the Blackpool illuminations" - the Blue Orchids now move on, determined to make the world a more colourful place. The Once And Future Thing will confirm Martin Bramah as an artist who has followed his muse and continues to write great and memorable songs.

 

Jan 27th - Doghouse Presents - AVALANCHE PARTY + Sewage Farm + Regiment

 Arden Road Social Club - 8pm 

£9 advance & members. £10 on the night

Our gig as part of Independent Venue Week

 

Avalanche Party

Avalanche Party were formed high in the wind swept, bracken laden heights of the North Yorkshire Moors by two brothers who spent their summers hunting with bows and arrows and camping by firelight, and their winters snowed into their isolated hill top home with nothing but the sounds of Bo Diddley, Link Wray, Wilko Johnson and Jimi Hendrix to keep them company. Guitars replaced the bows and arrows and the boys played their first gig at the age of 12. Music was in their blood. 

 

Avalanche Party is garage-punk hopped up on adrenalin and amphetamines. Their sound is intense and immediate, so new yet so familiar and brimming with an urgency that explodes off the stage like the front lines of a war you didn’t even realise was being fought. Every note played through white knuckles, every word spat through gritted teeth. The beats blast like cannons while the guitars stampede like spooked stallions surging ever onward, snorting, snarling and tearing apart everything in their path. The Pistols, The Clash, The Stooges, The Damned;They’re all there but twisted into a much leaner, much fiercer beast. This is punk at its most feral, garage at its most primal, this is rock’n’roll in its most fearsome form, with its teeth bared spitting like a cornered pit-bull. 

The past year has seen Avalanche Party tear away from the moors, razing venues all around the UK to the ground, signing management and publishing deals whilst sharing the stage with the likes of Happy Mondays, The Subways, Palma Violets, Vant, Public Enemy, The Temperance Movement, The Pretty Things, The Datsuns, The Amazing Snakeheads and Reverend & The Makers. The band have received heavy radio play since the release of their debut EP, being championed by BBC Introducing, Radio 1’s Huw Stephens, 6Music’s Steve Lamacq and Tom Robinson, Amazing Radio and KCRW’s Jason Kramer in the USA. 

As well as numerous visceral festival appearances in the UK Avalanche Party will be performing at this year’s Oberhausen Rock Festival, Germany as well as appearing in France, Serbia, Belgium, Slovenia and Holland. With major record label interest being shown in the band, coupled with new recordings being released later in the year, the Avalanche Party juggernaut is gaining unstoppable momentum.

This is Avalanche Party and nobody comes from where we come from.

www.avalancheparty.com

 

Sewage Farm

The band features Sam Forrest from Nine Black Alps and Danny Trew Barton from White Firs. 

 

Video links :

 

Drive - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Spfoe7Lp8Ns

Ariel - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6T_YrAw0quA

 

Regiment

We are a small 3 piece alternative rock band based in Halifax. Our inspirations range from bands like 'Rage against the machine', 'muse' and 'Dorje'. We recently released an EP called 'Parasites and Mutualists' which hopefully expresses our love for writing good music. We have been playing together as a band now for 4 years and have managed to reach further out into venues like the O2 academy in Sheffield and the Victoria theatre in Halifax Present s

Doghouse Presents - LAS KELLIES + Glass Mountain + The Black Isle

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Archway Room at Arden Road Social Club
£8 members £9 full from Arden Rd, The Grayston Unity, Revo Records & www.doghouseuk.com

Taking place in the Archway Room at Arden Rd (limited capacity so advance tickets recommended). After 5 years of trying we've finally landed Las Kellies from Argentina. 

“They boast what is clearly an encyclopaedic understanding of all the best bits of new wave both sides of the atlantic, plus the fortitude to throw the rulebook clean out the window and sometimes sound just like themselves.” NME

This year Fire is going to release 6th Las Kellies album, *Friends & Lovers*, with classic and mature post punk/rock 
sounds and lyrics that browse between all sorts of ways of expressing love.
Starting November, Las Kellies are coming back to the Old World for the sixth time around Europe and UK !

Comprised of guitarist Ceci, drummer Sil and bassist Manu, Las Kellies cut their teeth on the Argentinian music scene, patterning their sound after the raw post-punk of 70's all-female groups like the Slits and the Raincoats. After releasing independently two punky dancey and new wave-inspired albums, Las Kellies signed in 2010 to Fire Records for their third outing, *Kellies*. In 2011 Fire released the 7" split *Erase you*, with both Las Kellies and ESG versions. In the next LP released by Fire, *Total Exposure*, dub and hip-hop influence turned the raw and wild post-punk of Las Kellies into a more elegant and shiny sound.

The Black Isle

"Epic” – Alternative Tracks.

Imagine if the Pixies and Smashing Pumpkins made a baby with Nirvana... It would sound a bit like The Black Isle. Trashy guitars, driven drums and Megan Reece's vocals inject a well needed shot of grunge into the minds of the X Factor Generation. Sick with the rat race and all its greed The Black Isle formed to act as an antidote, to energise the soul and escape from the mindless consumerism. It's not about achievements, fame and being stars. It's about how the music makes us feel.

http://theblackisle.org.uk/
http://www.facebook.com/theblackisle/

Doghouse Presents: THE WAVE PICTURES + SHE MAKES WAR + support

wavePictures

 

The Doghouse at Arden Road Social Club


Advance tickets £9 available from Arden Rd, The Grayston Unity, Revo Records & www.doghouseuk.com

London based trio The Wave Pictures - Jonny Helm (drums), Dave Tattersall (guitar & vocals) and Franic Rozycki (bass) - return with their brand new album Bamboo Diner in The Rain due out on Moshi Moshi on 11 November. Following on from last year’s Billy Childish collaboration Great Big Flamingo Burning Moon and their recent acoustic record A Season in Hull, Bamboo Diner in the Rain sees The Wave Pictures battling against the robot music apocalypse. The new album is a bluesy, boozy love letter to the guitar, filled with American Primitive instrumentals, John Lee Hooker chugs and Link Wray style minor-key surf music. 

As songwriter and guitarist Dave Tattersall explains: 

This album is set in the Bamboo Diner of my dreams, with rain beating on the windows and a jukebox stocked with blues. We wanted to make an album as open-heartedly great as ‘’Boogie With Canned Heat’’ or “Rory Gallagher’’ by Rory Gallagher. We also love the American Primitives, John Fahey especially. What are The Wave Pictures but English Primitivists?

The Wave Pictures are strange: an indie rock band with absolutely no indie rock influences. For years, all we’ve listened to has been the classic blues and rock and roll of America in the 50s and 60s. And yet, we’re always disliked those retro acts who slavishly copy the look and the sound, the haircuts and the fonts of the past, but miss the unfettered spirit of the music they love. We have a style of our own already, the way your eyes have a colour. We don’t want to be a blues band. But the blues is there, at the invisible core of everything we do. We love it.

You see, these days the kids like their music to be made by machines, even when it pretends otherwise. The kids don’t seem to fear the machines (as I do, having been so profoundly affected at a young age by the first two Terminator movies) and so they happily switch on their computers and listen to robots singing. Well, one day those robots will rise up and kill us all. Listen instead, kids, to The Wave Pictures, the band that will someday soundtrack the resistance. We are the real thing, you know. The only reason the press haven’t noticed is that they are besotted with the machine music of robots, too. Ah, but no robot could swing the way Franic Rozycki swings his tugboat bass on a mighty blues-rock anthem such as “Now I Want To Hoover My Brain Clean” or “Panama Hat”, which will not sound right until it is heard crackling through a broken radio in a burned out basement after the robot apocalypse, a last little sign of human life on earth. The resistance starts here.

This is the most personal album I’ve made so far. In fact, that’s the whole idea of the band, to become more and more authentically ourselves on record. To grow inwards. Like everything on this dark and strange little album. It’s not robot music.

Doghouse Presents: HARP & A MONKEY + Sail Pattern

harpMonkey

 

Arden Road Social Club - Archway Rooms

£8 advance & members. £10 on the night, tickets available from Arden Rd, The Grayston Unity, Revo Records & www.doghouseuk.com

Very pleased to have Harp & A Monkey join us on the back of their critically acclaimed new album. Upstairs in the Archway Room so limited capacity.

SONGS about cuckolded molecatchers, a lone English oak tree that grows at Gallipoli, care in the community and medieval pilgrims… we can only be talking about the folk experimentalists Harp and a Monkey.

The harp ‘n’ banjo driven electro-folk-storytelling of Martin Purdy (vocals, glockenspiel, accordion, harmonica and keyboards), Simon Jones (harp, guitar, viola) and Andy Smith (banjo, melodica, guitar and programming) is imbued with a deep Lancashire sensibility that shines through in their beautifully crafted and sometimes spooky vignettes of northern life, love and remembrance.

The outfit, who have been friends for more than 20 years, channel the ghosts of summers spent in municipal parks and winters walking on the moors. Ask them about their influences and they are as likely to cite Ordnance Survey maps and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission as they are Bert Jansch, Bjork or Bellowhead.

Formed in 2008, Harp and a Monkey have been building up a loyal following via the old fashioned practice of relentless gigging and modern practice of social network sites.

Regulars on the northern festival circuit, in recent years they have expanded their live outreach across the country. The band are particularly proud of the fact that they have gained a strong reputation for building an excellent rapport with their live audiences and the fact that they have never played anywhere and not been invited back. Such is the strength of their reputation as a quality live act, they have twice been asked to perform at the Homegrownfestival; the annual international showcase of the best of English folk music.

The trio’s melodic and hauntological storytelling, which is always underpinned by a firm commitment to classic songsmithery, has caught the attention and support of the likes of Steve Lamacq, Mark Radcliffe and Mike Harding on BBC Radio 2, Lopa Kothari and Nick Luscombe on BBC Radio 3, Folk Radio UK and many more international, national and regional broadcasters.

The band’s self-titled debut album received critical acclaim on its release in late 2011 and they collected excellent reviews for their contribution to the 2012 ‘Weirdlore’ compilation which highlighted Britain’s most promising practitioners of alternative folk. Their second album, All Life Is Here, was released in April 2014 and again received outstanding reviews, with the likes of fRoots magazine describing them as “undoubtedly one of the most vital and charismatic things happening in English folk music right now”.

Doghouse Presents: THE LOVELY EGGS + Nervous Twitch + Saints Alive

 

 

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£9 members/advanced tickets available from Arden Rd, The Grayston Unity, Revo Records & www.doghouseuk.com

“You won't hear another band like this anywhere between now and the end of the millenium. The Lovely Eggs are just brilliant!”- Huw Stephens, Radio One

“They have the off the wall look that is perfect pop and the cutting stripped down dynamic of a cool art crew in love with underground rock n roll”- John Robb
“This my friends is fucking brilliant. it’s grunge – but not as you know it”- Everett True
The Lovely Eggs are an underground punk rock duo from northern England.

They have a fierce punk rock ethos that music should have no rules.

For Holly and David being in a band is a way of life. True to this, they live the way they play. Fiercely, constantly in search of the good times. With observational and often surreal lyrics about life The Lovely Eggs have a powerful stripped down sound: one vintage guitar amp, one Big Muff distortion pedal, a guitar and a drum kit. With releases in the UK, Europe, USA and Japan, The Lovely Eggs have played hundreds of gigs around the UK, USA and Europe supporting the likes of Half Japanese, Shonen Knife, The Slits, Young Marble Giants, The Television Personalities and Art Brut as well as a two month tour of America and a string of dates at SXSW in Austin, Texas.

The Lovely Eggs have recorded sessions for BBC Radio One, BBC 6 Music and XFM as well as being played by a host of UK DJs including Radio One's Huw Stephens and Rob da Bank and 6 Music's Marc Riley, Steve Lamacq, Tom Robinson, Gideon Coe, Chris Hawkins, Tom Ravenscroft and XFM's John Kennedy.

Holly (guitar/vocs) and David (drums/vocs) have also worked with comedian Graham Fellows (aka John Shuttleworth) as well as Jad Fair from the seminal Texas band Half Japanese. Their songs appear in Canadian film Molly Maxwell and have been sampled by Zane Lowe for Scroobius Pip. The pair also feature on a Radio 4 Richard Brautigan documentary, presented and in discussion with Jarvis Cocker contemplating the influence of the American surreal author on their music.

They have produced three albums.

The Lovely Eggs have become well known for their live performances and have played everywhere from Amsterdam squats and Los Angeles scrap yards to steam trains in Ripley and charity shops in Leeds.

In April 2013, the pair had a baby but true to their 'no rules' philosophy they bundled their newest member in the van and took him on tour with them, racing round the UK with family and friends like a tripped out version of On The Buses with two fingers up to conventional family life firmly out of the window.

2015 saw The Lovely Eggs return with their fourth self-produced and self-recorded album 'This is Our Nowhere': a title which sums up their celebration and love of a scene which doesn’t exist in the eyes of the manufactured mainstream. Ironically the record received 8/10 in the NME.

The Lovely Eggs live in Lancaster, England.


Nervous Twitch are a four-piece from Yorkshire described as “a winning, fuzzy blend of garage-punk and pop hooks” mixing bands like The Ramones, Au Pairs, The Cramps, Talulah Gosh, Blondie and Thee Headcoats and pumping out "catchy songs full of hooky heartbreak, rumbling twang, post-punk-ish attitude and warm bouncy rock n' roll”.

In March 2016, they performed a live session for Marc Riley on his BBC 6 Music show and received airplay on Steve Lamacq and Gideon Coe shows. Since 2013, Twitch have played gigs with familiar names including Sleaford Mods, Fat White Family, The Lovely Eggs, Shopping and Kid Congo Powers and the Pink Monkey Birds. Recent releases include two albums on Odd Box Records, “Get Back In Line” (2015) and “Don’t Take My TV” (2016) and two 7” singles on Punk Fox Records.

Hey, we're a new band fresh out of Halifax -We've been together for around a year now, but we have a number of gigs under our belt, gaining attraction from Radio 6 Bands and Local Promoters. Hiding behind our back is our secret weapon, our debut EP and single. Please handle it with care, give it a spin and tell us what you think about it.
Thank you
Saints Alive

Doghouse Presents : EMMA POLLOCK + Derrieres + Niamh O'Leary

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May 27th - EMMA POLLOCK + Derrieres + Niamh O'Leary

Arden Road Social Club : Doors : 8.00pm

£9 advanced tickets from Revo & Arden Rd Social (no booking fee) Jumbo or on-line

“The Dusty Springfield of cerebral indie pop. In a field of her own” UNCUT [8/10] 
“beautifully crafted…an excellent record” MOJO [4/5] – LEAD REVIEW
“sumptuous songs…bewitching…breathtaking” THE SUNDAY TIMES “one of our most vital, poetic and singular voices – a career high” THE HERALD
“a poignant but punchy triumph.” SKINNY [4/5]
“an immensely personal album…a dynamic talent.” THE ARTS DESK [5/5]

http://emmapollock.com/

If Emma’s long-awaited - very long-awaited - new album ‘In Search of Harperfield’, explores themes of family, place and time, then the urgent call and response of ‘Parks and Recreation’ finds us in the company of a younger Pollock: engaged in a fight or flight scenario with local bams, and delivering us a gilt-edged slab of alternative pop in the process.

From her career as a principal songwriter with The Delgados through her excellent brace of solo long players, Emma Pollock’s ability to craft leftfield earworms has never been in doubt; with her new album’s debut single, the diminutive Glaswegian has broken her half-decade’s silence with the barreling rhythms of her former band and the urgent guitars of alt-pop heroes Tanya Donnelly and Kristin Hersh. Placing those taut guitars and infectious rhythms to one side though, it’s Emma’s vocal that really elevates ‘Parks and Recreation’ to another level of beguiling

Derrieres
After years of playing in bands of various genres Nathan Robinson (guitar, lead vox, ex part-time bingo caller) and Liam Pringle (bass, semi-lead vox, Portugese born plumber) decided to start a group playing no nonsense music without any construct of set genre. Being in their early thirties they found juggling family time and work with the band hard but soon they realised that this band was the one thing ethereal in this mundane life, so the next step was finding a drummer with the same ideas. Four drummers later they found him in the shape of Bobby Shanks jnr (drums, backing vox, fourth generation Scotch myth and funny man). Now they really started finding their groove. And that groove comes out of them sounding like a raw yet well written barrage of three minute sagas that dont need the use of guitar pedals, effects or any of the other gimics that make up a lot of music on the airwaves.
It is this duality of a none grandiose simple sound mixed with complex well crafted songs that makes Derrieres a band that doesnt claim to be the best in the world but does do what they set out to do. And that is to play visceral, raw, structured songs in a tongue in cheek style and to have fun in the process.
They have played a string of gigs locally but most notably at Todmorden Town Hall to a sold out crowd and recently at the Night and Day Cafe in Manchester. With a few crackers already lined up for this year hopefully 2016 will catapult Derrieres out of the Calder Valley and onto a bigger stage near you. Keep 'em peeled. 

Early 2016 has seen the making of a four track EP called She Is Faith, of which the title track is a 60's garage infused indie song. Followed by Piece Of Me which features Liam Pringle as lead vox and is a grungy pop song with a hard hitting chorus and a big bass driven bridge. Outside Yours is a 3 minute garage story about a real life stalker. Then finally Ricky's Got A Discoball, a fast and hard rock epic of Iggy and the Stooges like proportions.
There are two videos from this ep featured on youtube and all the others can be found on the bands soundcloud account.

 Tickets Revo Records (no booking fee), Halifax & www.doghouseuk.com

  

May 16th Doghouse Presents : THE BURNING HELL + The Tiny Minds

 

TBH In The Stacks

 

7 DOGHOUSE members : £7 advance from Revo (no booking fee), Jumbo or Ticketweb: £8 Door
JSA FREE entry : Low income price on the door

Upstairs in the Archway Room at Arden Road Social Club.
Limited capacity. No age restrictions.
On stage around 9.15
Large free car park

We are very pleased to welcome back Canada's The Burning Hell to play the intimate space of the Archway Room at Arden Road. Please note the band will be on stage around 9.15pm and advance tickets are now on sale via ticketweb, revo and jumbo. Members please note, we recommend buying in advance for this one.

http://www.wearetheburninghell.com/

The seventh Burning Hell album is a collection of eight short stories drawn from different sections of the bookshelf of the brain. A murder mystery rubs shoulders with a biography, while a romance leansagainst a prison diary. There’s a killer priest, a nameless band lost in Yorkshire, and Elvis and Michael Jackson moonwalking their way into space and/or global annihilation. Despair and hope go hand in hand here, and although Mathias Kom’s songwriting has never been wordier, the stories never stranger, and the band never louder, the essence of The Burning Hell remains constant: life is not really so bad, as long as you can laugh a little and you have something decent to read.

songs:

1 / A1: The Stranger - (murder mystery) - 05:56
2 / A2: The Road - (music biography) - 05:15
3 / A3: Fuck The Government, I Love You - (romantic comedy) - 04:17
4 / A4: Men Without Hats - (coming-of-age story) - 03:47
5 / B1: Good Times - (true crime) - 04:26
6 / B2: Give Up - (literary criticism / philosophy) - 05:07
7 / B3: Two Kings - (science fiction / fantasy) - 04:21
8 / B4: Nonfiction - (romance) - 05:57

The Burning Hell is the alter-ego of Canadian songwriter Mathias Kom, and the band has been on the road in one form or another since 2007, playing everywhere from festivals like Glastonbury and Dawson City to bars, living rooms, abandoned bunkers, and a mental asylum in rural France. Musically, The Burning Hell runs the gamut from introspective folk to hyperactive rock and roll, and so the band can adapt to its surroundings like a karma of anthropomorphic chameleons, taking the audience on a supermarket-cart ride through hooky, upbeat pop songs, dark ballads about pet euthanasia, and anthems for barbarians, economic conferences, and love.

On occasion, Mathias goes on the road as a duo with clarinetist Ariel Sharratt, and their debut album “Ariel Sharratt & Mathias Kom: Don’t Believe The Hyperreal” came out in November 2015. More often, Mathias and Ariel are joined by bassist Nick Ferrio, drummer Jake Nicoll and guitarist Darren Browne. The Burning Hell will release Public Library, a new album of distorted story-songs, in April 2016, and they’ll spend the better part of the spring and summer in their natural habitat: the
tour van.

The Tiny Minds are a groove based guitar pop quartet riding a new wave of British pop music. Influenced by sounds of the 60’s & 90’s, philosophical & poetic, with universal appeal. A sound that evolved in the bubble of Hebden Bridge, ready to burst on to the scene.

  

 

Tickets Revo Records (no booking fee), Halifax & www.doghouseuk.com
  

Dr Feelgood

HALLOWEEN SPECIAL.

 

The one and only.....

DR FEELGOOD

Hailing from Canvey Island, Essex, they are best known for early singles like "Back in the Night" and "Roxette". Although their most commercially productive years were the early to mid 1970s, they continue to tour and record to this day. The group's original distinctively British R&B sound was centred on Wilko Johnson's choppy guitar style. Along with Johnson, the original band line-up included singer Lee Brilleaux and the rhythm section of John B. Sparks, known as "Sparko" on bass guitar[1] and John Martin, known as "The Big Figure", on drums. Like many pub rock acts, Dr. Feelgood were known primarily for their high energy live performances, although studio albums like Down by the Jetty (1974) and Malpractice (1975) were also popular. Their breakthrough 1976 live album, Stupidity, reached number one in the UK Albums Chart (their only chart-topper). But after the follow-up Sneakin' Suspicion, Johnson left the group due to perceived conflicts with Lee Brilleaux. He was replaced by John 'Gypie' Mayo. With Mayo, the band was never as popular as with Johnson, but still enjoyed their only Top Ten hit single in 1979, with "Milk and Alcohol".

 

Since releasing their first single Roxette in 1974, Dr Feelgood proved they have a back catalogue to stand the test of time. Members of the audience young enough to know the music only through their parents and even grandparents got the chance to celebrate with the fans who were wild enough to be there first time around.

 

http://www.drfeelgood.org/

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Support from;

THE BLIND DEAD McJONES BAND

Blind Dead McJones was never a fan of being in the spotlight, no number 1 singles, cheesy videos or appearances on celebrity cooking programmes. A true Bluesman in every sense of the word, living a life on the road shrouded in mystery. Some say he died years ago in an agriculture related accident, some say he is part of the keyzer soze family and some say he now makes Halloween costumes for dogs. One thing we know for sure is he is responsible for bringing together the blues rock behemoth that is The Blind Dead McJones Band.

 

Back in 2008 McJones was a lost and tortured soul, wandering the earth just like Kane in Kung Fu. Battling with his demons and struggling to keep going through the Hell that is the music business. All he needed was a friendly face, a pack of smokes and something to help him once again shake the earth to its very core, bring grown men to tears, turn sophisticated women once again into sreaming schoolgirls, and well and truly cement his place alongside the Gods.

 

He found all this and more when he met…

 

“The Boys”!

 

Ben “Buddy” Slack – Andy “The Cake” Johnson – Steve “Wee-Man” Nixon

 

“The Boys” are three of the finest young musicians in their price range. Nobody knows exactly why McJones decided to switch from working with battle hardened top of the line professional musicians to these three. Maybe it was their youthful enthusiasm, their quirky sense of humour, their undying love of the music and performing, the raw magnetism of Ben’s beard, most likely he was just a bit strapped for cash. Whatever his reasons were he took the boy’s under his wing like a goddamn chicken and educated them in his ways, raised them as his own and turned them into the best backing band he could afford.

 

The Story doesn’t end there though.

 

The debut performance of The Blind Dead McJones Band came around and you’d never guess what happened! The great Blind Dead McJones failed to show! This left the Boy’s in what could be classed as a “tricky situation”, what’s a backing band to do with no one to back? The Boy’s decided to simply play and have some fun. Guitarist Ben “Buddy” Slack donned his best McJones vocal impression and they winged a performance to a mediocre reaction from a confused crowd.

 

This is how our tale has continued over the years with McJones absence being one of the most consistent elements of The Blind Dead McJones Band. The Boy’s have embraced this with open arms and relished the opportunity to develop themselves as a 3 piece band. They’ve taken the great blues lessons learnt from McJones and infusing them with their other influences and quirky sense of humour to create their own original sound.

 

McJones seems happy with the arrangement as well, acting as a silent partner in the bands development. Advising the boys on all things blues and still making the occasional cameo appearance.

 

http://blinddeadmcjonesband.com/

 

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Halloween fancy dress and make up optional.

 

TICKET ONLY.... on sale from February 11th. Entry £16.

Available from Arden Rd Social Club, online and Halifax outlets as yet to be arranged.

Link; https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/231643

 

Doors 7.00pm, first band on stage 8pm sharp.

 

Late bar serving a selection of real ales, lagers, fine wines and spirits.

Pie-Eck artisan pies, peas and gravy available at this event.

 

Plenty of free off-road car parking.

 

 

http://www.guerrillapromotions.co.uk/halifax-blues-experience.html

8th April - Doghouse Presents: Stanley Brinks (aka Andre Herman Düne) + Freschard

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Arden Road Social Club in Halifax, West Yorkshire : 20:00 Doors open
£7 DOGHOUSE members : £7 advance from Revo (no booking fee), Jumbo or Ticketweb: £8 Door
JSA FREE entry : Low income price on the door

STANLEY BRINKS was born in Paris, France, in 1973. He studied a bit of biology, and worked as a nurse for a while. Half Swedish, half Moroccan, strongly inclined to travel the world, he soon started spending most of his life on the road, and developed a strong relationship with the city of New York. He also started playing the soprano sax (among other instruments) in jazz bands. He finally became a full time singer-songwriter – as André Herman Düne – in the late 1990's. He recorded several albums and Peel sessions with his three piece indie-rock band, Herman Düne. After a decade of touring Europe, most of the time in the company of American songwriters, he finally settled in Berlin, Germany. There he grew a taste for the early carnival music of Trinidad, and in the early 21st century he became the unquestioned master of European calypso, and changed his name to Stanley Brinks.

Performing solo with a guitar or a clarinet most of the time, he also toured and recorded a lot with the Wave Pictures, Freschard, Ish Marquez, among others. In 2010, after an all-night jam with local musicians in Egersund, Norway, he started his own band: Stanley Brinks and the Kaniks. The seven-piece all acoustic band recorded “Jamaica Inn” at a nearby lighthouse. It was followed by “Alligator Twilight”, recorded in a Norwegian farmhouse in 2011. In 2012 Stanley Brinks and some Kaniks, the Flying Kaniks - violin, trombone and banjo – went to Malta and recorded “Hafna Xita”, a collection of fun dark songs, both minimal and sophisticated, very much in tune with the spirit of the island. On “Stanley Brinks hovers” (2012), the 100th album in his discography, he uses a great variety of arrangements, and somewhat classic songwriting. In “Maltese Suite” (2013) he explores the sounds and styles of a decadent Sicilian-Arabian folklore.

On “Stanley Brinks Whistles” (2014) he mixes South African kwela and songwriting, and improvises on the pennywhistle. “Gin”, his third album with the British rock band The Wave Pictures, was released on Fika Records in 2014. "Robotika" (2015) is a concept album based mostly on a Czech play about robots, featuring uneven rhythms and a Greek-tuned mandolin. "My Ass" (2015), fourth album of Stanley Brinks with the Wave Pictures, features the pennywhistle, and a female choir.

Freschard grew up in a farm in French Burgundy. She started organizing shows in the barn when she was about 12 years old. Aged 18 she moved to the big city, Paris, where she baked pies and cakes in a cafe. There, a local musician and regular customer called Andre Herman Dune wrote a few songs for her to sing. She called her first E.P. “Neon Orange”. Homeless in Paris, she saved up just enough money to get herself a ticket to New York. There she found an old electric guitar and started writing her own songs. She recorded her second e.p., "Shower Gel", with Mike Gomez on lapsteel guitar. In 2004 she moved to Berlin, where she recorded her first LP, "Alien Duck". Her second album, "Click Click", recorded in 2006, features a drummer (Leo Bear Creek), and electric guitar by Stanley Brinks. On her third album, “moonstone”, she plays the drums herself. On her fourth “shh...” she also plays the flute. Her last album “boom biddy boom” is a masterpiece.

Between tours, she works as a sound engineer and records her friends' music. Among others she recorded “Yodels” by Stanley Brinks, “if you leave it alone” by the Wave Pictures. She has a Calypso cover band with Stanley Brinks, called Kreuzberg Museum. She's also part of the cult band "the Fox" with Stanley Brinks, Ariel Sharatt and Mathias Kom (aka "the Burning Hell").
All of her albums have been released on cdrs by the label radbab records.
“Click click” has been released on vinyl by Conky records.
“Boom Biddy Boom” has been released on vinyl in the UK by Wiawya records as well as a 7 inch of two of her songs with the Wave Pictures.
Her duet album co-written with Stanley Brinks called “Pizza espresso” was released in the UK in August 2014.

Vermillion Tides are an English psychedelic indie rock band from Halifax, formed in 2015 by guitarist and songwriter Blair Murray, vocalist Natalie Cooper-Bates and drummer James Newsome. Before deciding to start his own band, Blair drummed with acts as varied as Nashville country singer-songwriter Laura Cantrell and Manchester bands Twisted Wheel and Marion. Blair had also played alongside Tom Hingley (ex-Inspiral Carpets) this is where he met Andrew Tarling who had been playing guitar for Tom Hingley and The Lovers along with Steve and Paul Hanley ex members from The Fall. Knowing Andrews capabilities it was certain he would be a great fit to join Blair in the reformed Marion on guitar as well as Vermillion Tides on bass. Whilst on tour with Twisted Wheel, Blair was introduced to Natalie, who at the time was the singer for the Leeds based band The Black Isle and since then the two have been in a relationship. After seeing her perform wit her band, Blair and James asked her to join Vermillion Tides. Since forming, Vermillion Tides have been working in the recording studio with bass player Andy McKinlay and producers Andy McKerlie (guitarist and piano/organ player on the Folks album I See Cathedrals and bass player for Marion) and Yves Altana (producer and session musician for Peter Hook (Joy Division, New Order), DeStijl, Julie Gordon (Happy Mondays), Mark Burgess (The Chameleons) and I Am Kloot.’

Doghouse 11th Birthday All-Dayer

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Yucatan / The Drink / Jez Kerr / Fold / Darkher / Serious Sam Barrett / The Bromleys  / Regiment / Gareth Scott

Arden Road Social Club in Halifax, West Yorkshire : family friendly 15.30 till 23:30 : Food available
£10 DOGHOUSE members : £12 advance from Revo (no booking fee), Jumbo or Ticketweb: £14 Door
JSA FREE entry : Low income price on the door

The stage times will appear soon but in reverse order this is the running order:

Yucatan their epic performance of sweeping instrumentation, soaring choirs, and breathtaking vocals, in the band’s mother tongue of Welsh, will deliver shimmering celestial sensations in bucket loads! Yucatan’s self-titled debut album, recorded in Snowdonia and mastered at Sigur Ros’ studio in Iceland, has received considerable praise from critics. The album has been described as “stunning music from a special place” by BBC Radio One's Huw Stephens. They have performed in a variety of festivals, and toured the UK to promote Enlli, their sold-out vinyl EP, released on their own label, Recordiau Coll. They have also toured in Poland and there are further plans to tour Europe to promote the new album.

The Drink
'The songs twist and turn in unexpected ways and the lyrics are fascinating and strange'- The Guaridan
'A fascinating first shot, packed with potential' - UNCUT
'Unique as it is beguilling' - The Independent On Sunday
'One of the best debuts of the year' - NME
Playing things safe has never been The Drink’s philosophy. Throughout the trio’s evolution, their gloriously off-kilter guitar pop melodies and lyrical curiosities have commanded attention - and on brand new album Capital, they’re pushing the boundaries even further, eschewing meticulous planning in favour of instinct across even more wondrously intriguing tracks. “Capital can mean a lot of things” explains Galway born singer Dearbhla Minogue. "But it always has a gravity wherever it crops up. It brings to mind subtle or intangible force.”
The band’s ‘debut’ album Company was compiled from their first three EPs, received praise across the music press and set off twelve months of touring that culminated in a BBC 6music session for Marc Riley, support slots with Toro Y Moi and invites to the Green Man and End Of The Road festivals this summer. Whilst most would put writing a follow-up on hold to fulfil their live duties, that simply wasn’t an option: “We wanted to move on fast after Company, without that momentum-sapping two-year gap between albums,” explains bassist David Stewart.
“The band has shape-shifted as a sort of evolving unit into something which is now a bit less cerebral and more instinctive. We always knew it was more than the sum of its parts from the beginning, but I don't think any of us expected to be improvising takes in the studio.” Showcasing Dearbhla’s beguiling lyrics, Capital is the sound of The Drink harnessing their groove and moving their sound to new, unexplored places.

Jez Kerr is a Manchester legend. The bassist/vocalist from A Certain Ratio who are one of the cornerstones of Manchester music. Factory records favourites who regularly supported Joy Division and were New York regulars in the early 80's. He has stepped out for a solo jaunt and the results have been outstanding. His first solo single Play Sumthing Fast was critically acclaimed by the music press and had many airings on BBC 6 Music and Radio 2. It was nominated as single of the week on The Radcliffe and Maconie show. 
Jez followed this up with a solo album 'Numb Mouth Eat Waste' which received 5 star reviews in Q magazine, Mojo magazine and The Guardian Newspaper.
Live performances followed including gigs alongside The Fall, Badly Drawn Boy, Mark Stewart (The Pop Group), The Lovely Eggs and most recently supporting New Order on their latest UK tour. 
Q Magazine: "Cancel your plans, don't go on your date. Just borrow, bunk and squeeze in to see this band before they go stellar"
The Guardian: "The predominant feel of Jez Kerr's music is one of off-kilter, existential panic"

Fold are a funk & hip-hop influenced experimental four-piece based in Leeds. Inspired by Public Enemy among others they explore the natural rhythms of speech by building their tracks around samples with a strong social conscience. Unlike most forms of live music that incorporate samples Fold perform everything on stage live in order to preserve a sense of natural groove, unity & spontaneity in line with their funk forebears.Fold have been receiving considerable support from BBC 6 Music featuring regularly on Gideon Coe‘s show along with plays from Huey Morgan, Don Letts and Lauren Laverne. XFM have also shown their appreciation with frequent plays from John Kennedy and the honour of both record of the week and one of the top records of 2014 bestowed by Blur’s own Dave Rowntree.Fold’s EP collaboration with acclaimed poet Mr Gee (formerly of the Russell Brand Show) earned them an Independent Music Award. They have both remixed and supported Public Service Broadcasting and were interviewed for The Guardian website having been voted to the top of The Guardian‘s Breaking Bands series.

Darkher is the alias of Singer and Spellcaster Jayn H Wissenberg (formerly with The Steals). Following her self produced Debut EP 'The Kingdom Field' released on Prophecy label - Germany, She joined forces with Guitarist Martin T Wissenberg and Drummer Shaun 'Winter' Taylor-Steels (My Dying Bride, Anathema) after an invite to play the acclaimed Roadburn Festival in 2015. The Full length Album is Scheduled for release in 2016.
"Such is their immersive nature that they don’t just already sound fully formed, but that it’s been lingering around the edges of your consciousness since time immemorial. Folk-based but unmoored enough that it taps into a continuity at once deeply nostalgic and strangely familiar, these brooding mantras hook in the early comers like sirens singing from the rocks, the eponymous frontwoman’s commanding presence part wood-nymph, part high priestess, as guitarists take bows to their instruments and unwary metalheads stare agog." - METAL HAMMER
Although all these elements made this show the spectacle I wasn’t sure I dared to expect, it is of course Jayn’s voice which made me glad I was already sat down – as I doubt with my feeble constitution I could have stood before this voice when empowered and amplified by the walls of such a spiritual space...each aching word Jayn utters into the microphone is laced with a dark magic which she has cultivated in her bones as her spirit has matured through the divining of the land she treads" 3rd Eye Magazine

Serious Sam Barrett
Sam played at the internationally renowned South by Southwest music festival in Austin Texas in 2010 and cemented an already growing American fan-base. In 2011 he began getting airplay and praise from National BBC radio and has been played on BBC radio 6 on at least 9 occasions.
His most recent release "AnyRoad" (2014) has been his most critically acclaimed to date having received rave reviews from National prime time BBC radio 6 DJs Marc Riley and Gideon Coe as well as a very favourable mention in UNCUT magazine. In addition to this, "AnyRoad" will appear in the top 20 of the annually published Piccadilly Records end of year review chart booklet. This is a great honour as the booklet has a huge influence as a taste-making document here in the UK and internationally. Picadilly records is a well respected Manchester based independent record store. Sam's releases have also been awarded "record of the week" at another prominent independent record store "Jumbo Records" based in Leeds, UK 
Sam has played live performances with some of the most prominent international names in contemporary roots/country/folk music such as: The Felice Brothers, Lucero, The Legendary Shack Shakers, Eagulls, Frank Fairfield, Deer Tick, Charlie Parr, The Dirt Daubers, The Pine Hill Haints and Karine Polwart. 

The Bromleys are John, Jenny & James (father, daughter & son). Each gifted with a powerful voice, they sing a mixture of traditional and contemporary folk songs in three part harmony, both a capella and with instrumental accompaniment. Together, The Bromleys create a rich blend of voices that is unique to their kin. They have each performed solo and as part of a variety of bands, including Kimber's Men, A Rookery and Jump Jive & Wail and it was only ever a matter of time until they began singing together. It runs through their blood.

Regiment are a hard rock band from Halifax who have big dreams and are waiting for anything the music industry can throw at us. We are taking any chance we have at succeeding our dream

Gareth Scott: Calderdale is lucky to have some wonderful folk voices, none more so than Gareth Scott, solo performer and member of Kimbers Men. A story teller backed up with a fine voice and beautiful guitar playing. His debut album is on its way.

Feb 14th - 13th Doghouse Family Friendly Sunday with Mowbird

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Doghouse Presents: 13th Family Friendly Sunday -

Mowbird / The Tragics / Saints Alive / Lucy Parker / Lennie Ainsworth + more

Arden Road Social Club in Halifax, West Yorkshire : 15:30 till 19:30
£6 DOGHOUSE members : £7 advance from Revo (no booking fee), Jumbo or Ticketweb: £4 kids
JSA FREE entry : Low income price on the door

www.doghouseuk.com

Mowbird are a slacker-pop quartet from Wrexham, North Wales.

Formed by Ben Sawin (vocals/guitar) and Mike Smith (bass) with the later additions of Suzanne Dempsey (organ/vocals) and Ben Valentine Trow (drums/vocals), they self recorded and self released four EPs (Excellent, OK / Ilk / We Sell Maternity Swimwear / The Quiet Despair Of The Starship Enterprise) before signing to Cardiff based Shape Records. 
Their debut album Islander was released in February 2014, preceded by single Happy Active Horse Organ which garnered radio play by Huw Stephens (Radio 1), Bethan Elfyn & Adam Walton (BBC Radio Wales) as well as Tom Ravenscroft & Marc Riley (6music), the latter for whom the band recorded a session and followed up the success of the album with a collaboration with fellow Welsh popster Sweet Baboo.

The Tragics were born on a Friday afternoon long ago in Sowerby Bridge when, fueled by a crippling overdose of tea and cheap tobacco Jim Bottomley (Guitar, Vocals) and Andy Greaves (Vocals, Guitar) all of a sudden started to play 'country music' by mistake. Shortly afterwards Andy learned to play the mandolin, on purpose.
Their characters now as black as tar and tannin Jim and Andy still play as a duo though the Tragics at its fattest is a six or even seven piece band taking in a variety of musical styles delivered with cheerful savagery, memorable melodies and (preferably) not too many chords.
On April 1st 2013, Saints Alive were in the early stages of development. As a three-piece we found multiple gigs across and beyond the Halifax area, including secret rehearsals for the 'Tour De Yorkshire' opening ceremony. However due to multiple complications and raging hormones within the band, we decided to go our separate ways...
When suddenly as if by magic, the request for a return gig in mid-2015 caused the reformation of Saints Alive! Returning to the stage (with a little more facial hair) is: Tim Rothery on lead vocals and guitar, Charlie Nuttall on drums and Matthew Bean on bass and backing vocals. However you may count 4 of us? The addition of Evan Tate came in early 2015, during the reformation of the band. As a guitarist and backing vocalist, Evan brings depth and evidently adds to our unique style and sound.

Opening our Family Friendly Sunday we have Lucy Parker and before that Lennie Ainsworth.

Hey, my name is Lucy and I am 16 years old. I am just starting out as a singer, and with the help of my amazing vocal coach and very supportive family and friends, I am now playing gigs in the local community. Coming to local gigs like this is what inspired me to pick up a guitar and learn how to play, so I am extremely grateful to be playing at the place that started my musical journey.

Jan 29th - Doghouse Presents : Hunck + Postcards from Jeff + Moth Loves The Flame

 Hunck Comming To The Doghouse

Arden Road Social Club in Halifax, West Yorkshire : 8 till late
£7 DOGHOUSE members : £7 advance from Revo (no booking fee), Jumbo or Ticketweb
JSA FREE entry : Low income price on the door

Super pleased with our opening line up of 2016, our 11th year! HUNCK opened Green Man Festival on the main stage and they were really, really good. Fast forward 5 months and we've bagged them for Halifax!

Really strong support from Postcards From Jeff too (just read the reviews) & opening up, new local band Moth Loves The Flame.
Advance tickets £7 from Revo (no booking fee), Jumbo or Ticketweb or if you are a member just pay on the night (see doghouse posts for details of our membership scheme).
HUNCK
"Slow, sad guitars recall the more touching moments of Mazzy Star, and its difficult not to be drawn in by the yearning lyrics." NME
"Like a group of stoned teenagers gliding by in the back of trucks speeding across motorways, there’s a gleaming gloss to this early offering. Sleepy and very much content with its slumber, this is one to drift off to." DIY
“Hunck have found a way to mix George Harrison, Tame Impala and Elephant Stone… a languishing tune with a guitar part that has written earworm all over it.” HERE COMES THE FLOOD
"It’s easy-listening at its finest and you’ll be hitting the repeat button without realising as it blasts through your headphones. If they continue with their twist on the dream-pop sound that everyone is going crazy for, everyone will know Hunck this time next year." NEVER ENOUGH NOTES

“Chugging along in a surf-rock funk, it warps and buckles the old format, delivering a punch that’s hard to define. A bit of a banger really.” SHINY SHINY NEW 

London based band HUNCK have released their latest single 'I'll Wait', a wonderful mixture of dream-pop vibes, killer vocal melodies and psych guitars. The single was premiered on NME.com.
HUNCK were born out of the post-riot depths of Tottenham in 2013. Estranged childhood friends Frederik and Thomas reconnected after a series of heartbreaks, losses and unfortunate events to indulge and share their love in the gloomier sounds of long dead crooners such as Al Bowlly and Frank Sinatra. 
Initially releasing the dream tinged cover of Frank's "In The Wee Small Hours of the Morning", they went on to release their cassette only debut EP 'Something Missing'. After a period languishing in the hiss of their broken hi-fis and the repetitive thud of darts against a local dart board, Frederik and Thomas recruited Kieron, a space cadet fresh off the plane from LA on drums, Alfred, a cyborg found in Southampton hospital after undergoing treatment to fix a broken neck on bass and Michael whom very little was known about on guitar. 
After playing at Green Man and Reading Festival and a few dates supporting The Polyphonic Spree, HUNCK will be announcing more dates soon.

POSTCARDS FROM JEFF sounds like its name: a love letter from a romantic time and place, marked equally by its picturesque view and halting brevity. Good music, wish you were here.  -  CMJ

A bold meticulously composed cinematic statement -  Big Issue
A sexy New Order -  Louder Than War
Intriguing and encapsulating Cinematic Music  - Manchester Evening News
Truly charming. This could be a new genre - Steve Albini
The emotional depth of The National meets the atmospheric folk of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot-era Wilco meets a hint of James Mercer Baeble
This is the thinking man's indie rock in its purest form  - 1340 Mag
Postcards From Jeff brings the tensions between town and country just a little bit closer. Working class Springsteen-ian ballads with a UK heart. -  IMPOSE
Heart warming blasts from the past. A cinematic masterpiece.  - NARC Magazine
A dreamy ride that gets inside of you in a good way. This is a new type of dreampop, folks. Get on board, take a journey In Your Speakers
Taking vast almost cinematic synth beds and layering them with indie melodies and a gentle and somewhat understated vocal, this is dreampop with expansiveness. -  I Love Pie
A Brooding Indie Pop masterclass -  Fecking Deadly
This is music that latches on to your brain and refuses to let go—not that you're likely to mind.  - Nooga
A modern era classic. -  Jammerzine

Postcards From Jeff release their debut album Modern Language 23rd October 2015. An elegy for cinema revealing stolen glimpses of another world, another life. Each track a cinematic snapshot, shifting and shimmering in a flickering film light, capturing the timeless claustrophobia and psychodramas of small town suburbia. A soundtrack to a world wrapped in a rich language of isolation, of disconnection and delicious melancholia, where characters reach out to connect but miscommunicate with every step, staring into the darkness from the tree lined streets, out across the windswept moors and epic cloudscapes to a coming storm. 
This is brooding lustrous indie pop from a Manchester newcomer driving a line somewhere between the dreaminess of Mercury Rev and the vastness of Sigur Ros, by way of kindred spirits The National, Guided By Voices or the exultant cinematic reach of a band like M83. It's ten killer tracks are built from simple and evocative foundations into Lynchian epics of mood and wonder, combining songs with soundscapes and the electronic with the analogue to create a world that's as much Americana as it is Manchester and as much about film as it is about music.

MOTH LOVES THE FLAME

https://soundcloud.com/mothlovestheflame
www.facebook.com/mothlovestheflame
https://youtu.be/i4l3yaddTdI

The Revelator Band

THE REVELATOR BAND

A recent review....

‘If, after the Zombie Apocalypse, lost on stormy seas, South of Pandemonium and half way to the edge of the world, you spy a distant cove and find yourself in a saloon run by Blackbeard’s ghost in the hull of a grounded galleon, then expect to see The Revelator Band on stage.

 

As the wind howled and shook the ancient timbers of our Wakefield watering hole, the Revelators took the stage. Black clad and hatted, their potentially sinister aspect negated by affability and self-deprecating humour, they steered the audience on an exhilarating course for three hours or more. The songs evoke the atmosphere of dark Victoriana, press-gangs and smoke-obscured opium dens; pantomime-pirate blues-rock driven along by a foot-tapping, tankard-bashing beat, colourful lyrics roared in a voice evocative of Tom Waits at his theatrical best.

 

Frontman ‘Captain’ Barnaby Neale accompanies the songs with larger than life aplomb, capering, stomping and whirling, missing only a swordstick and a parchment map to the location of a mysterious jade monkey. Rictus-grins and rolling eyes animate the face as the hat is given about all the doffing that a piece of headgear might reasonably expect in an evening. The songs are inventive, compelling; anchored by the creative rhythms solidly maintained by Doug ‘Dusty’ Jopling on drums and by some expertly-played bass guitar. The guitar playing is clever, disciplined and perfectly judged. On the piano, Christopher ‘Fingers’ Taylor has overcome the pain of a recent wrist injury to produce a powerful, dominating performance.

 

Together the songs are more than the sum of their parts, drawing influence from the likes of Tom Waits and Captain Beefheart and fusing them with roots in traditional blues, boogie-woogie and rock and roll. The storytelling aspect of the songs comes across beautifully, reminiscent of tall tales of rum-soaked piracy and yet the feet are still, somehow, firmly on the worn paving slabs of England’s North, in touch with the wry humour of folk that make the best of hard times and find moments of joy and profundity in as little as weak winter sunshine turning wet pavements to silver.

 

Should the zombie apocalypso be unexpectedly delayed, then keep your eye on the gig listings. If you get the chance to sign up for a tour of duty with the Revelators, then seize it. Trust me, you’ll come away with treasure aplenty.’ – The Vaults

http://www.revelatorband.com/

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THE BLIND DEAD McJONES BAND

Blind Dead McJones was never a fan of being in the spotlight, no number 1 singles, cheesy videos or appearances on celebrity cooking programmes. A true Bluesman in every sense of the word, living a life on the road shrouded in mystery. Some say he died years ago in an agriculture related accident, some say he is part of the keyzer soze family and some say he now makes Halloween costumes for dogs. One thing we know for sure is he is responsible for bringing together the blues rock behemoth that is The Blind Dead McJones Band.

 

Back in 2008 McJones was a lost and tortured soul, wandering the earth just like Kane in Kung Fu. Battling with his demons and struggling to keep going through the Hell that is the music business. All he needed was a friendly face, a pack of smokes and something to help him once again shake the earth to its very core, bring grown men to tears, turn sophisticated women once again into sreaming schoolgirls, and well and truly cement his place alongside the Gods.

 

He found all this and more when he met…

 

“The Boys”!

 

Ben “Buddy” Slack – Andy “The Cake” Johnson – Steve “Wee-Man” Nixon

 

“The Boys” are three of the finest young musicians in their price range. Nobody knows exactly why McJones decided to switch from working with battle hardened top of the line professional musicians to these three. Maybe it was their youthful enthusiasm, their quirky sense of humour, their undying love of the music and performing, the raw magnetism of Ben’s beard, most likely he was just a bit strapped for cash. Whatever his reasons were he took the boy’s under his wing like a goddamn chicken and educated them in his ways, raised them as his own and turned them into the best backing band he could afford.

 

The Story doesn’t end there though.

 

The debut performance of The Blind Dead McJones Band came around and you’d never guess what happened! The great Blind Dead McJones failed to show! This left the Boy’s in what could be classed as a “tricky situation”, what’s a backing band to do with no one to back? The Boy’s decided to simply play and have some fun. Guitarist Ben “Buddy” Slack donned his best McJones vocal impression and they winged a performance to a mediocre reaction from a confused crowd.

 

This is how our tale has continued over the years with McJones absence being one of the most consistent elements of The Blind Dead McJones Band. The Boy’s have embraced this with open arms and relished the opportunity to develop themselves as a 3 piece band. They’ve taken the great blues lessons learnt from McJones and infusing them with their other influences and quirky sense of humour to create their own original sound.

 

McJones seems happy with the arrangement as well, acting as a silent partner in the bands development. Advising the boys on all things blues and still making the occasional cameo appearance.

http://blinddeadmcjonesband.com/

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SONIC PYE

“I don’t call 911 I call .357” said R. L. Burnside.

 

He didn’t follow the rules or call the authorities when he could do the job himself. Our ethos is the same; we don’t follow trends, or go on wild goose chases, or listen to consultants. We just believe in the blues. That’s what we play; we have no desire to have a hit record, or a follow up. We play the blues, or as near to it as we can get.

 

We like purity, so we listen to (amongst others)Bukka White, Johnny Winter, Roy Buchanan, Rory Gallagher, Peter Green, Danny Kirwan, Dr. Feelgood, Canned Heat, Muddy Waters; these are just some of our influences. Yet we try to do it our way, not that we think we’re better (God forbid). We just believe that to follow in the footsteps of the greats is to do it how you feel it.

 

We are a three piece, guitar, bass and drums. This is a good size, it gives us freedom to play a song as arranged but let it breath, and respond, allow us to expand on it, go in unexpected directions.

 

We don’t like to feel constrained, the blues does not have to be in a box. It doesn’t have to be the same, it can go with the times, go with the flow of the river; and carry us along. The heart of the blues is feeling, so let that rule.

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Doors 7.15ish, on stage 8pm sharp.

Tickets £8 available online https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/223471 or on the door.

Late bar serving real ales, fine wines and spirits.

Discount for group bookings and students, please contact me for details.

 

Plenty of off-road car parking.

 

 

http://guerrillapromotionuk.yolasite.com/Halifax-Blues-Experience.php

 

The Alex Mckown Band

ALEX McKOWN

Alex was born in 1996 and he first picked up the guitar when he was 6 years of age.When Alex was 11 he started to have lessons from Samuel C Lees at Tameside Music Academy. A passion for the blues was ignited ! Alex developed his performance skills by performing regularly at the blues/rock jam at The Whittles in Oldham.

 

Alex then started to listen to the artists appearing at the major blues festivals in the UK and met Hamilton Loomis from Texas over the internet. Hamilton kindly agreed to let Alex sit in on his UK tour in 2009.

 

Alex then performed with his own band at The Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival in Colne in 2009 and 2010. Alex performed two shows at the Zinc Blues Festival in France in 2011 and also appeared for the second time at the Colne Festival on the British Stage.

 

Alex is a finalist in the 2015 British Blues Awards for the fifth year in succession. ( 2011 to 2015 ) and his band have been featured on two significant albums "The Cream of Electric Blues" and "Suitcase Full Of Blues", alongside the likes of Joe Bonamassa, Walter Trout, Robert Cray and The Royal Southern Brotherhood.

 

The new album "Go with the Flow" was released in Jauary 2014 and radio stations across the world have featured tracks including the Paul Jones Show on BBC Radio 2.

 

The band have also played at The Great British Rock and Blues Festival, Bowness Bay Blues Festival, Nantwich Jazz and Blues Festival, Mold Soul and Blues Festival and many more.

 

 http://www.alexmckown.com/

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 SCOTT WAINWRIGHT

Yorkshire based Maverick bluesman Scott Wainwright is a constant survivor of the grassroots music scene, ever beating a path through the constantly changing musical trends of today. He has released numerous Albums, EP's and Singles and performs regularly at venues across the country.

His new direction embraces Gospel, Blues, Hip Hop and Folk and blends them into a bizarre new sound, which Scott describes as 'Rural Underground Music'.

 

 https://www.reverbnation.com/scottwainwright

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SONIC PYE

We don’t follow trends, or go on wild goose chases, or listen to consultants. We just believe in the blues. That’s what we play; we have no desire to have a hit record, or a follow up. We play the blues, or as near to it as we can get.

We like purity, so we listen to (amongst others)Bukka White, Johnny Winter, Roy Buchanan, Rory Gallagher, Peter Green, Danny Kirwan, Dr. Feelgood, Canned Heat, Muddy Waters; these are just some of our influences. Yet we try to do it our way, not that we think we’re better (God forbid). We just believe that to follow in the footsteps of the greats is to do it how you feel it.

We are a three piece, guitar, bass and drums. This is a good size, it gives us freedom to play a song as arranged but let it breath, and respond, allow us to expand on it, go in unexpected directions.

We don’t like to feel constrained, the blues does not have to be in a box. It doesn’t have to be the same, it can go with the times, go with the flow of the river; and carry us along. The heart of the blues is feeling, so let that rule.

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Doors 7.30, first band on stage 8pm sharp.

Tickets £8 available online from Ticketsource https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/218328

Bar serving draught real ales.

 

Secure car parking.

 

Marry Waterson and David A Jaycock + Greaves Taylor Gillon

SPECIAL OFFER : A choice of free album or CD with any pair of tickets bought

Archway Room at Arden Road Social Club in Halifax, West Yorkshire
8pm doors : support on at 8.15 and main act on at 9.15
£9 advance : £9 DOGHOUSE members : £10 door

Advance tickets from Revo, Jumbo & on line via Ticketweb. Advanced booking is recommended.

We are very pleased to announce a rare chance to see Marry Waterson. Playing in the Archway Room at Arden Road Social Club (limited capacity). There's no Leeds or Manchester date on the short tour to promote her new album out in November.

Approx stage times: Marry W & David A Jaycock 9.15pm -  Taylor Greaves Gillon 8.20pm

“Has the potential to be a lifelong companion. It’s that good.” 5/5 Nick Coleman, Independent On Sunday

“An even mix of fragility, wonder and lyrical nuance… a gently beguiling collection.” ****Mojo

“A brilliant new chapter in the family legend.” ****Nigel Williamson, Uncut

“A long-missed Waterson unveils a new-found song-writing talent” ****Maverick
“An important album” ****R2

Marry Waterson returns with a brand new album made in collaboration with David A. Jaycock on 20th November. Entitled Two Wolves, it was recorded in May of this year and produced by guitarist Neill MacColl and multi-instrumentalist/ arranger Kate St. John.

The seeds for the collaboration were sown in 2013 when David was asked - via mutual friend and collaborator, James Yorkston - to rearrange Yolk Yellow Legged, a co-write with Yorkston taken from Marry and brother Oliver Knight’s 2011 debut The Days That Shaped Me. David had been struck by the character and warmth of Marry’s singing when he saw her performing with Yorkston in 2009. “It was earthy, dreamlike, warm, powerful and jagged. It had the capacity to be both melancholic and joyful and it could tell a story - of course Marry Waterson could tell a story!”

When Oliver elected to take a break from music last year, Marry found herself without a musical foil (“I don’t play an instrument, my tunes are sung into existence.”) So she was intrigued when David – described by Yorkston as a ‘Cornish hermit and underground psychedelic freak-ball’ (!) – renewed contact to see if she would be interested in working together.

Hearing David’s music was to prove revelatory. “I felt like I had entered through a door hanging askew on one twisted hinge into a surreal world of cobwebs, all layered guitars and synths,” recalls Marry. “Sometimes it’s scary in there, but mostly it’s beguiling.” All the more so as Marry discovered that “I could sing anything into David’s tunes, the words just wrapped themselves easily around the melodies, though I had to be quite inventive sometimes to accommodate certain structures - and that gave me a different voice.”

Starting with what became Sing Me Into Your Tune – completed in a matter of hours - Marry & David entered into an eager musical correspondence by email and by phone. “What was coming back from Marry convinced me that we were on the right path. I felt a more tonal, but still dreamlike, surreal and at times dark sound was emerging. It was fascinating and exciting sending ideas and waiting to hear what came back. I could still experiment and be playful but always had an ear on keeping to a more traditional structure. Marry was interpreting the pieces beautifully. The lyrics were complete. I felt we were working almost telepathically at times. Modern technology making it all possible.”

The match made, Marry went about assembling a team of musicians around her to best service the material. Having previously worked with Neill MacColl and Kate St. John on several projects including Hal Willner’s Rogue’s Gallery at Sydney Opera House, the Bright Phoebus tour and on the forthcoming Ewan MacColl tribute album Joy of Living (contributing The Exile Song), the pair were the obvious choice to produce the record, in turn enlisting the help of outstanding musicians Kami Thompson (The Rails), Michael Tanner (Plinth), Alison Cotton (Saloon), Simon Edwards (Fairground attraction) and Emma Black (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra).

“Neill is another brilliant musician who really listens and gives you space,” enthuses Marry. “His contributions are so tasteful yet subtle, his playing is awesome, he’s rock solid and I feel safe with him. Kate’s arrangements are so compelling and definitive, vividly bringing these stories to life. They are both inventive and intuitive players.”

The songs themselves cover a wide range of subject material from laments about disappearing village communities (Hoping To Be Saved) to the title track’s reflection on the duality of human nature. Two songs explicitly acknowledge the Waterson legacy: The words to The Honey and the Seaweed are fashioned from Lal Waterson’s original lyric, written out of love for her friend and co-writer Christine Collins and set down in the late 60’s in a book containing early Bright Phoebus songs. Velvet Yeller meanwhile utilizes Mike Waterson’s recording of Tam Lin to startling effect. “I got to ‘sing’ with him one more time by weaving him into this tribute, which he read before he died,” says Marry of the song.

Strong support comes from Taylor, Greaves Gillon 

Singer, songwriter, guitarist, mandolinist, poet and noted eccentric, Andy Greaves,, has been at the centre of the Calder Delta music scene since his debut in the 1980s with John Peel favourites The Chinese Gangster Element. Over the last 30 years he has created original music in genres as diverse as punk and country music. Andy currently fronts British Bluegrass rebels, The Tragics, as well as performing widely as a solo artist and poet.

An internationally acclaimed performer for over 25 years, Becky Taylor is one of the most respected female Uilleann pipers of her generation, as well as being an accomplished Northumbrian Smallpiper and multi-instrumentalist. Mike Harding described her debut CD as “an absolute delight” and, in the leading folk magazine fROOTS, her 2008 album Ireland ‘Bridge’(2008) which was described as “… sparky, much alive and of constant interest …” Becky has performed with leading rock and folk artists such as Lindisfarne and The Chieftains.

Guitarist, bass-player, singer, composer and arranger Les Gillon is a highly experienced musician who plays with a wide range of artists, regionally and across the country. His alternative rock band Fez recently celebrated its 30 year anniversary and he plays with a variety of other bands, including a country rock band, a jazz and blues combo and a group that performs Moroccan trance music. In addition to his work as a performer, Les works within University education, teaching contemporary music.

DANCING YEARS+Fold+From the hills

Saturday 1st November 2014 8pm
DANCING YEARS + Fold + From the hills
£6adv/frequent doggers.£7 full/£5 low income/JSA free


 

HAFDIS HULD + Gareth Scott

Thursday 30th October 8pm to 10.30pm
Al Campello Night: HAFDIS HULD + Gareth Scott
£6 adv/frequent doggers/£7 full/£5 low income - limited capacity (Archway Room)

Hafdis Huld returns to the UK this spring with an entrancing new album written and recorded entirely in her picturesque wooden house in the mountains outside Reykjavik. The album will be released on 28th April (on Reveal Records for UK and OK!Good Records for USA). Appropriately called ‘Home’, this is a beautifully stripped back production with a simplicity and directness that showcase Hafdis’s pure and assured vocals to perfection.

As her worldwide fans have come to expect, there are songs that tell stories, songs that tap straight into the emotions and her trademark deceptively simple songs with a darker undercurrent. Every song has a story behind it; first single, ‘Queen Bee’ was written as a ‘thank you’ gift to a neighbouring farmer for giving her a dog but there’s a sinister element that belies the seemingly charming portrayal of a local beekeeper.

Once again, Hafdis has co-written with array of top class names include Ed Harcourt, Nik Kershaw, Boo Hewerdine, Tim Gordine, Calum MacColl and long time partner and musical collaborator Alisdair Wright who also produced the album. This is Hafdis’s first original new album in 4 years; after her 2010 much-synched album ‘Synchronised Swimmers’ she returned to Iceland and recorded a well-Feb-14Feb-14received album of traditional Icelandic songs. 

Following a break to have her first child, she now makes a very welcome return to recording and touring. In May 2014 she will be touring the UK supporting Boo Hewerdine, before heading 
off for dates in Europe and the USA. She will return for a UK headline tour in the autumn.


 

The Bang Tidy Burlesque Charideee Ding Dong

Roll up, roll up for the first Bang Tidy Burlesque in over 2 years! This time we're raising money for The Disabilities Trust in support of Paul Hobart (who is running the London Marathon for this amazing charity next April)

You can look forward to all the usual Bang Tidy fabulousness - with a bill packed to busting with burlesque, music and cabaret shenanigans. All acts have been hand-picked by Heidi Bang Tidy.

Tickets on sale now via Ticketsource priced £10 each with a modest booking fee to cover payment charges x

Book here https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/107979

Get inviting xx

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