Join Mr Ben & the Bens at The Cluny in Newcastle. Born as a recording project in a barn in Northern Lancashire in 2012, Ben Hall recorded and self released 7 albums under the guise of a naively drawn character 'Mr Ben'. After releasing a split EP on Bingo Records in 2017 the side project turned to a live outfit with their first gig actually happening live on BBC Radio 6 Music. After releasing two more records and numerous UK tours the 4 piece are known for their captivating, costume clad, joyous, pop performances. Mr Ben & the Bens sound like they were baptised in water from the church of indie classics, the songs of the Lancaster Polymath echo Belle & Sebastian, Teleman, Gorkys Zygotic Mynci and a bit of Bill Ryder-Jones his genuinely great modern songwriting.
'An intoxicating mix of perfectly fitting melodies and vocal strafes' Clash Magazine
'Perfect pop, record of the week' Marc Riley BBC 6 music
'Shimmering with jangling optimism' Picadilly Records
When they are not setting broken bones or burying the dead, Newcastle based indie rockers Dog Years have been busying themselves recording their first studio album 'A Flame in Waiting'. Ten years in the making, they've created a diverse and relentless racket: melodic and vitriolic, jagged and jangly, furious and forlorn, laced with sweet boy/girl harmonies from husband and wife Simon and Carly Fee. Each song bears the hallmarks of Dog Years' warped lyricism and straight-up pop sensibility.
Prancey Dog and Richyy Hetheringtin are very proud to announce the first HAPPY SUNDAYS event. Gigs for young people to watch young acts supporting a more established act. Tickets are available now with competitively priced tickets to encourage young uns to attend live music events (although anyone is welcome).
Opening procedings is CTOAN, a young five piece band from Newcastle with highly original songs drawn from eclectic influences in punk, 90-00's slacker and post-hardcore, alt-country and jazz. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXbkfwvyxmg
Next up is The Palps who met online in 2017 and it was musical love at first sight, cemented by a digital handshake. Have a listen:
The Samphires, a three-piece teenage band of girls from Newcastle Upon Tyne will be wowing us with their fabness. Check out their Spotify:
Our headline act is Dressed Like Wolves. Rick Dobbing and his Spooker Recs pals make honest, frantic and heartfelt music about all the things and people that surround them (mostly girls and the sea, obv). Sometimes its fuzzy sometimes its not. It's always excellent,though.
Prancey Dog and Richyy Hetheringtin are very proud to announce the second HAPPY SUNDAYS event. Gigs for young people to watch young acts supporting a more established act. Tickets are available now with competitively priced tickets to encourage young uns to attend live music events (although anyone is welcome).
Opening the event we have Stasis, a young indie band that cites influences such as Smashing Pumpkins, My Bloody Valentine and Mac Demarco...
Second up is Pacer, a North East-based band with cracking, powerfully driven tunes evoking the indie-punk/hardcore scene of the 80s and 90s like a fantastic mix of Husker Du and early Wedding Present with probably more in-common with with current New York bands like Stove and Ovlov than many of their UK contemporaries.
Third on will be Sirocco an indie/alternative four piece from Newcastle that has made a real splash in the year since they started performing.
Headlining we have the superb Dog Years. When they are not setting broken bones or burying the dead, the Newcastle based indie rockers have been busying themselves recording their first studio album 'A Flame in Waiting'. Ten years in the making, they've created a diverse and relentless racket: melodic and vitriolic, jagged and jangly, furious and forlorn, laced with sweet boy/girl harmonies from husband and wife Simon and Carly Fee. Each song bears the hallmarks of Dog Years' warped lyricism and straight-up pop sensibility.
Seazoo is a noisy indie-pop group, influenced by Yo La Tengo, Courtney Barnett and Grandaddy.
2018 saw the band release their first studio album, ‘TRUNKS’, to much critical media acclaim and also shortlisted for the Welsh Music Prize. The band has enjoyed significant support from BBC Radio. Plays by Huw Stephens (R1), Steve Lamacq, Lauren Laverne, Radcliffe and Maconie, Cerys Matthews (6Music), and also 3 prestigious live Marc Riley sessions at BBC Media City and Maida Vale.
The track ‘Roy’s World’ featured in ‘Best of Recommends’ - records of the year by BBC 6 Music (2017). It will be used through 2019 by the BBC 6 Music early breakfast show as its primary ‘bed-track’. Alt J’s Gus Unger-Hamilton played Seazoo on BBC Radio 1 as a future breakthrough band.
Seazoo has a reputation for being an exceptional live act, appearing at Green Man, Festival No.6, The Great Escape, FOCUS Wales, Swn, Truck and Indietracks. They have toured during 2017/18 as a headline act in the UK, and were also main tour-support to The Lovely Eggs, and also played alongside Circa Waves, Peace and Idles.
Seazoo is currently finishing their second album at Big Jelly Studios with producer Mike Collins (Girl Ray, Pip Blom).
Lady Di will be supporting Seazoo. Royal rock from the makers of Bearsuit - inspired by Dinosaur Junior, Urusei Yatsura, The Breeders and Sonic Youth. Norwich trio Lady Di promises dumb-ass slacker rock, drunk summer nights, chaotic noise, cherry lip balm & hearts on fire.
It's a massive Prancey Dog "welcome back" to Mush, the Leeds band that specialises in wryly-observational, exquisite lo-fi guitar pop. Now signed to Memphis Industries, MUSH's debut album "3D Routine" arrives in Febuary. Following on from their Induction Party EP, Mush is circulating their own sonic mythology, blurring the lines between abstract surrealism, existentialism and social commentary. Like its predecessor 3D Routine is a sensory overload of clattering, hooky, guitar work. However, this time space emerges between the onslaughts and in this respite, room is found for new emotional depth. More expansive than ever before, 3D Routine manages to maintain the rawness of a classic debut but it's experimentation and variety portray a band unlikely to rest on their 'guitar band' chops.
Formed in Leeds 12 years ago, but like Gang Of Four, born in a variety of other places, Cowtown plays econo, dynamic, over-stimulated rock music that embraces a heavily abridged history of rock n’ roll. Serious about fun, the band are a firm favourite of BBC 6 DJ Mark Riley, performing music with an emphasis on positive expression and confronting collective anxieties, creating live shows that focus on what they enjoy and discarding the rest.Picking up from 2013’s Dudes Vs. Bad Dudes (released by TAAE and the band’s own label City Hands) their latest offering is wildly economic, clocking in at 23 mins across 12 tracks. Drawing influences from bands like The Coneheads, Devo and The Breeders, as well as films such as Teen Wolf and Ghostbusters, songs are later distilled into their absolute fundamentals. It’s not about what they want but what they need, with the delivery being as urgent and tightly wound as possible.
Support from the wonderful Swine Tax and the fabulous Hannah D'Arcy (of GGAllan Partridge).
WELCOME BACK to Milky Wimpshake. Formed in 1993 by Pete Dale and Joey Ramone (not THEJoey Ramone; she officially changed her name to that for reasons which are obscure). In 1994, Christine Rowe joined the band on bass. Joey left in 1995 and a number of drummers have appeared over the course of subsequent years. The band has an enthusiastic following, numbering the late John Peel and Iggy Pop (who recently professed his enthusiasm for the band on his 6 Music show) among its fans. In 2014, Alexis Petridis compared Milky Wimpshake to Arctic Monkeys in the Guardian on grounds of both bands’ longstanding reputations.
Wimpshake recorded for the Fortuna POP! label for 15 years, gigging regularly with labelmates Spook School, Martha and others from the UK’s current crop of younger DiY punk-related groups. Milky Wimpshake are considered grandees of the UK DIY scene, indeed, having survived as a group from the heyday of Riot Grrrl through to the present with gigs every year and regular record releases over the last 25 years.
A massive Prancey Dog "WELCOME BACK" to Darren Hayman. This, unbelievably, will be Darren's first show at The Cumberland Arms.
Darren Hayman returns with the new album Home Time, due out on 3 April via Fika Recordings. An autobiographical album about break ups, the record is tender, honest and frequently funny. Darren set an 8 track, acoustic rule for the record. Everything sounds warm, close and intimate. Darren’s own love-worn, London voice is joined on every song by the sweet antipodean tones of Hannah Winter and Laura K, recording artists and songwriters themselves with Common or Garden and Fortitude Valley.
When Darren Hayman made his debut in 1997 with the acclaimed indie band Hefner his lyrical remit was the broken hearted. His early songs told the story of the lonesome and lost, and broken dreams of love on the back streets of London. After Hefner, Hayman’s palette grew to include a unique take on place and memory. In the early 2000s he wrote a trilogy of albums around the history of Essex. In 2012 he made an instrumental album describing the tranquillity of Lidos. In 2016 Darren was awarded ‘Hardest Working Musician’ by the Association of Independent Music for his epic project on Thankful Villages, the 55 villages that survived the Great War with no casualties. His most recent record, 12 Astronauts, tells the personal story of the only men to have walked on the Moon.
Support from the truly wonderful Dressed Like Wolves.