Doghouse takes lead in showcasing new talent

Roy and the Devil's Motorcycle, coming to The Doghouse, Arden Road Social Club, Halifax, tonight (Friday, September 27)
Roy and the Devil's Motorcycle, coming to The Doghouse, Arden Road Social Club, Halifax, tonight (Friday, September 27)

After a summer off the leash, Doghouse is back snapping at the heels of bigger music venues across the north west.

Tonight’s first gig of the new season, at the usual venue of Arden Road Social Club, Halifax, sees a four-piece outfit from Switzerland headlining with support from Hopper Propelled Electric and Calderdale’s own rising star Jake Smallbones.

Roy and the Devil’s Motorcycle is the unusual name of the headline act. Legendary in underground circles, they have played music and gained obsessive fans for the past two decades.

The three music-obsessed Staehli brothers - once described as “the strangest brothers in rock and roll” - have been nurturing a raw psychic power that links dusty old blues and gospel with free-running experimentalists.

Hopper Propelled Electric is a delta blues/punk/garage trio from Oldham and California who play high-octane tales of loving, hating, bar fights and dirty deals.

So far they have chalked up some excited live reviews from raucous nights in and around Manchester, had one of their tracks, ‘Memphis Greens’, played three times on Gideon Coe’s BBC6 music show and released their first seven-inch single.

Jake Smallbones is just 19 and has been playing guitar since he was just five years old. For the past couple of years he has played gigs in pubs and clubs around Halifax but it now looks like his big break has finally arrived.

Award-winning writer and producer Steve Chrisanthou from Hebden Bridge, who has worked with the likes of Corinne Bailey Rae and Eliza Doolittle, spotted him when he auditioned at Steve’s studio and snapped him up after a quick demo.

Jake’s first album is due for release this month.

There’s also a DJ set by Russ (Kibbutz) included in the £7 admission charge (£6 frequent guests/concessions). Doors 8pm.

Next month’s gig on Friday, October 11, sees headliners Louis Barabbas and the Bedlam Six supported by The Little Giants and Fall to Fly.

The John Grant gig at Halifax Minster is a sell-out.

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