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
Friday 3rd October TENDER PREY + The Stray + The Tiny Minds £6adv/frequent doggers/£7 full/Low income £5/JSA free
Tender Prey, aka Laura Bryon, is a Cardiff based musician who mixes garage blues, 70’s girl group clangs and lo-fi grooves, to create pocket melodies to dance, drink and wrestle to. She is self releasing her debut EP The Tequila Worm EP via bandcamp this June to celebrate her forthcoming support shows with Cate Le Bon, and has already garnered 6 music radio play and a Marc Riley session.Tender Prey’s inaugural album Organ Calzone, which was recorded by Steve Black (Sweet Baboo) and features Emma Daman Thomas from Islet on drums will be released on Bird Records/Finders Keepers in the Autumn.
Thursday September 11th 8pm El Campello Night: Steven James Adams (ex-Broken Family Band/Singing Adams) + support £5 advance / £6 on the night - limited capacity (Archway Room)
Recorded primarily at Steven’s house in Walthamstow, London with further sessions taking place at co-producer Neil Rogers’ Cambridge studio and elsewhere, House Music draws on a wealth of influences without ever sounding second-hand. House Music was originally conceived as a stripped-back home recording, but soon grew into something more textured and far-reaching, showcasing both Adams’s songwriting prowess and his perceptive lyrics. The cover features an original work by acclaimed artist Dan Hillier.
Members £9 on the night. Join via ticketweb for £10 for cheap entry for all our gigs. Frequent Dogger cards no longer accepted.
What the press said about H&S... "a big sound from this impressive outfit...inspired, anthemic, great" - Q magazine “Brilliant, uplifting and inclusive. That was amazing, here’s your cheque” - Michael Eavis, Glastonbury Festival
For the final Doghouse gig in our 10th year we are really pleased for the first time in a long time to give the first band with local connections a headline slot as they go on tour to promote their debut album.
“That was kinda bad right there.” — Huey Morgan, BBC 6 Music “So interesting, so original” — Dave Rowntree, Blur, XFM “Witty & satisfyingly groove-led.” — The Guardian 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. Known throughout Yorkshire Fold are becoming a staple on regional radio and perform regularly across the region at independent venues including Brudenell Social Club (Leeds), The Doghouse (Halifax) and 360 Club (Leeds).
On the same bill we have a double headliner with Welsh band SEAZOO. They will be coming to us fresh from a 6 Music session and festival appearance at Green Man Festival 'Car Deborah' is the brand new EP by North Wales' indie believers SEAZOO. It consists of five tracks of gently fuzzy, mildly irked alternative thrummings with glowing guitars and lo-fi sensibilities. With typically rakeish behaviour the lead-off tune is actually track 4, the carefully battered 'Martyn And Jayne', which comes with its own suitably fuzzed-up video project.
Pretty impressive for an act which started out as nothing more than a bedroom recording project in 2013 and which for a while consisted of two humans and a charity shop teddy bear. Surprising momentum built however, as their homegrown Grandaddy / Yo La Tengo / SFA-inspired recordings began to gain support from the BBC.
Huw Stephens, Lauren Laverne, Steve Lamacq, Mark Radcliffe have all played previous tunes from the 'Ken' EP and the 'Dog Hotel' single last year as well as January's 'Panda Pains' release. Rather excellently, Marc Riley invited them to perform a live session for his 6 Music show in March this year. They accepted, ferociously.
The band have brightened up Greenman, Festival No 6, Lost Map's Howlin' Fling on Eigg, Swn and even the legendary basketball court that is Maida Vale Studio 3, in 2014. The new EP, 'Car Deborah' is out now on the loveable Label Fandango. Again, recorded at home when the neighbours were out.
Opening up we have Saints Alive: On April 1st 2013, the band was 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.
£5 members £6 advanced £8 on the door
Advanced tickets available from Revo Records Jumbo Records and ticketweb. Doghouse Memberships from Ticketweb and Revo only.
Back by very popular demand...don't miss out if you didn't catch them last time. Arden Road Social Club 8 till late. £7 advance and members (on the night), £9 on the night.
Great Big Flamingo Burning Moon is the new album from English national treasures The Wave Pictures, due for release on Moshi Moshi in February 2015. The album was co-written and produced by one of their all time heroes Billy Childish and every note tingles with excitement at the collaboration. Bursting with energy and ignited with a garage-rock spark, the album rings loud and bold, showcasing Dave Tattersall’s searing guitar solos and sharp lyrical wit. Tattersall describes the experience of working with Billy Childish like this:
“We first met Billy in his painting studio in Chatham. It's daunting to meet your heroes, but he was great – just chatting away in his overalls and beret. Everything from that point on seemed so easy and so exciting. Billy is inspired. He knows exactly what he's doing.”
The Wave Pictures trio - Jonny Helm, Dave Tattersall and Franic Rozycki - love a good collaboration and over the years have worked as backing band to musicians such as Daniel Johnston, Stanley Brinks and Darren Hayman. Having formed when Dave and Franic were teenagers in 1998, they have always been incredibly prolific, with Dave writing so many songs that the band have made at least one album every year since they moved to London in 2006. Their varied discography captures a range of styles and influences, from garage rock to afro-pop to country punk, all recorded live with few overdubs. They never use keyboards or guitar effects pedals yet they have all they need to create the perfect rock and roll record.
Great Big Flamingo Burning Moon really lays its influences bare. Those who might not usually look past Tattersall’s distinctive vocal stylings might miss hearing touches of The Who in the title track or The Troggs in “All The Birds Lined Up Dot Dot Dot”. Tattersall swears that the song “I Could Hear The Telephone (3 Floors Above Me)” is; “The Wave Pictures in a nutshell: The Modern Lovers with Rory Gallagher on lead guitar.” It was while recording the song “Frogs Sing Loudly In The Ditches” that Billy commented that the band sounded like “a weird Cream” and proceeded to put the heaviest, bassiest feedback under it. He also suggested doing two Creedence Clearwater Revival songs back-to-back, as Dave reminisces, “He said 'that way people will know you've really got an issue!' and burst out laughing.”
In the studio they were joined by Juju Claudius who sang backing vocals on many of the songs and was a huge part of the character of the album. Yet it was Childish’s involvement that really shaped the record. The album was recorded entirely using Billy Childish’s equipment, including his 60s Selmer amps, a 60s drum kit and his rocket-ship shaped guitars. As well as producing the album and co-writing the songs, Billy plays guitar on several of the tracks including “Great Big Flamingo Burning Moon” and the giant riff on first single “Pea Green Coat”.
Billy Childish helped to bring out a different side to The Wave Pictures and inject a renewed enthusiasm to the recording process. Tattersall said that he; “was a joy to work with and we love the record. It was the most fun we've ever had making a record and to us it's the most exciting sounding thing we've ever done.”
"Dave Tattersall is the greatest guitar player of his generation" – Marc Riley “The Wave Pictures are currently conjuring the most gleeful, magnificent pop in town.” - The Guardian "Not only did I appreciate his take-no-prisoners musical stylings but also the imaginative lyrical ideas I found mighty refreshing. This is a man who clearly harbours no ambition to be seen hobnobbing with Dido at the Met Bar and has opted instead to plough a righteous but lonely furrow." - Nick Lowe
£6 adv / £7 on door / £5 doghouse members tickets and memberships from www.ticketweb.co.uk and Revo. Tickets only from Jumbo. + DJ parkbench martin
William D Drake:
Wire Anyone who cares about proper songwriting should take a look at what he’s come up with. Adventures in harmony and melody are rare these days; his arrangements glisten with bowed saw, dulcitone, choral vocals, classy clarinets… ...This is Drake’s fifth solo album, and it’s possibly his finest... heartfelt and memorable … an accomplished and blatantly enjoyable set. Louder Than War …Drake’s folk-flavoured melodies, creaky shanties and sublime hooks are revealed in all their glory… the excellent Revere Reach – his fifth solo selection is destined to win many new admirers. …. Revere Reach is Drake’s most satisfying solo album yet. The keyboard maestro has created a musical landscape that’s vivid and intoxicating. Climb up and enjoy the view.
The 1st Doghouse gig of the Autumn season. On tour from France, we welcome Toshes.
“A masterpiece – 10/10” – METAL TEMPLE
“A tortured monument made of cleverly layered harmonies and sonic explosions” – INDIE MUSIC (FR)
“Highly catchy, heavy yet not difficult to listen and very energetic” – METAL RECOMMENDATIONS (UK)
“It’s not just alternative rock or […] a little stoner […] No, these cats also implore some heavy metal, psychedelic influences and something straight out of the eighties” – STONER HIVE (NL)
Friday 31st January 2014 Laurel Canyons, The Orielles, St. Somebody £7 on the door - £6 frequent doggers / concessions
At a time when redefining genres is ever more improbable, Laurel Canyons deliver a familiar yet refreshing take on a quintessentially American sound with all the character and vigour that emanating from the North of England brings. Expect magnificent songs that deal with everyday honest realities, like getting by on your wits, falling in and out of love, and making the best of the hand you’re dealt with.
New Years Eve 2013 - QUEEN ALRIGHT & BARON VON SMASH
Good day one and all! - We're celebrating the end of an old year and the beginning of a new one. It's going to be fantastically decadent.
People will remember the legend of this party for years to come. We'll have drag artists, strippers, unicyclists and drag artists and possibly snake charmers. Rumour has it that there may even be a naked fat lady smoking cigarettes in her crotch.
People may comment years later... "It never happened. Well, I never saw it."
Saturday 22nd March 2014 The Kinx £8 advance booking - £10 on the door
Part of the Halifax Musix Heritage Trail launch weekend: To celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Kinks playing Halifax (on the day they went to number 1 with ‘You Really Got Me’ we’ve got the UKs number 1 Kinks cover band, The Kinx (as endorsed by David Davies).
Friday 4th April 2014 Inca Babies + Sam Forrest + 32:20 £8 advance booking £7 concessions / frequent doggers - £8 on the door + DJ Set from Ragged Richmen
The story of the Inca Babies began in the now-legendary deck access flats of Hulme in Manchester, intended as post-slum clearance ‘cities in the sky’ for young executives but quickly decaying into cockroach-infested concrete flats inhabited mostly by students, squatters, drug addicts and dealers.
The band was formed by Harry Stafford (guitar), Bill Marten (aka Bonney) on bass, Julian Woropay (vocals) and Alan Brown (drums), taking influences from Link Wray, The Cramps, The Gun Club and The Birthday Party. This was an unusual stylistic mixture for Manchester music at the time, more closely associated with Joy Division, The Fall and The Smiths.
Doghouse: The Electric soft Parade + support (details to follow) Friday 25th October 2013
‘The track is gorgeous, pitched exactly halfway between Belle And Sebastian and Harry Nilsson’ – Time Out
‘The White brothers' harmonies are as tight as ever’ – Independent
‘The Band are trailing the records with the sighingly graceful, Pastels-tinged pop of ‘Brother, You Must Walk Your Path Alone’… Buoyed by country-ish guitar licks and a wryly melancholic vocal from Thomas… it’s a satisfyingly mature turn from the band, and bodes well for the album’ – The Fly
Following a 6-year hiatus, The Electric Soft Parade return with what is arguably their best album to date, IDIOTS, on 17th June
It’s been an extraordinary journey for John Grant, from a point where he thought he would never make music again or escape a life of substance abuse to winning awards and accolades, collaborating with Sinead O’Connor, Rumer and Hercules & Love Affair and having his music featured in the award-winning film Weekend.
It’s a journey that’s taken him from his birthplace in Buchanan, Michigan to be raised in Parker, Colorado, studying languages in Germany and, after his band The Czars split up, basing himself in New York, London, Berlin and, most recently, Iceland, where the bulk of Pale Green Ghosts was recorded. It’s also been a journey from The Czars’ folk/country noir to the lush ‘70s FM alchemy of Queen Of Denmark to the astonishing fusion of sounds that lifts Pale Green Ghosts to even giddier heights.
Friday October 11th 2013 Louis Barabbas and the Bedlam Six + Support - details to follow £6 / £5 for Frequent doggers
Many believe that the number of love songs in the world far outstrip the number of things with which one can fall in love. That is why Louis Barabbas & The Bedlam Six are doing their very best to readdress the balance, penning twisted dirt-swing about lust and loathing, served up on an exuberant gobbet of malicious delight. Stories about grieving lovers, thieving lovers and deceiving lovers seep from their songbook like a putrescent parade of painful parables. It’s strangely beautiful – but not very.
Whilst relentlessly peddling their peculiar brand of Lyric-Driven Dirt-Swing™ (an incomparable rendering of jive-smitten cabaret blues) Louis Barabbas & The Bedlam Six have captured the imaginations of every species of listenership – both at home and overseas.
Since forming in late 2006 their music has infiltrated almost every creative niche, being adapted into animated short films, burlesque routines, musical theatre, fringe festival revues, documentary soundtracks, motion picture scores and even a comic strip.
Saturday 19th April 2014 The Ex + That Fucking Tank + Nose £8 advanced from
“Once seen, a live performance by ... The Ex is never forgotten. Imagine two men in short pants and army boots, guitars slung impossibly low, careering round the stage like demented dodgem cars, backed by a veritable arsenal of precision-honed polyrhythms” - The Wire
The adventurous and inspiring Dutch punk/noise/jazz/whatever quartet have defied categorization ever since they started playing in 1979. Born out of the punk explosion, when anything and everything was possible, the band have still managed to retain both curiosity and passion for their music. Using guitars, bass, drums and voice as their starting point they have continued to musically explore undiscovered areas right up to the present day: the early 1980s saw collaborations with jazz musicians and an Iraqi-Kurdish band. In the 90s the group found a myriad of partners from varied musical and non-musical backgrounds including Kamagurka, Tom Cora, Sonic Youth, Han Bennink, Jan Mulder, Shellac and Wolter Wierbos. In 2002 The Ex set up a lively musical exchange with Ethiopia, which eventually led to two CD recordings and hundreds of concerts with the legendary saxophonist Getatchew Mekuria. More recently their 2011 tour with the specially assembled Brass Unbound bigband (featuring Ken Vandermark and Mats Gustafasen among other players) was a joyous 10 city blowout that brought their music to a whole new generation of UK fans.
Friday 27th September 2013 - Roy and the Devil's Motorcycle Hopper Propelled Electric + Jake Smallbones 8:00pm doors, £7 full price, £6 frequent doggers & concessions
Roy and the Devil's Motorcycle
Roy and the Devil's Motorcycle are a four piece from Switzerland. Legendary in underground circles, for the past 20 years, not caring what anyone else thinks, they've gained obsessive fans and freaked out untold numbers of unsuspecting spectators across the continent. The three music-obsessed Staehli brothers [pr. STEH-Lee] have spent this time nurturing a raw psychic power of rock 'n' roll energy to set their, and our, little worlds on fire and find salvation in sound.
Halifax has a rich & diverse musical heritage with many famous artists playing a wide range of venues. Some current, some unfortunately no longer in use. The trail launch weekend begins on Thursday the 30th of March, includes a film, a photography exhibition, the trail itself and a gig here at Arden Road. For more info click here to visit the website.
Arch-Way Community Project
The Arch-Way Project is an organisation that aims to improve and enhance the lives of the people in Calderdale using Music, media and the arts as vehicles to achieve this. We are a not for profit community group providing a wide range of activities designed to enrich and benefit the lives of our members.