Canadian band The Burning Hell together with Nick Ferrio and Calderdale band From The Hills will entertain music fans at the next Doghouse gig in Halifax on Friday, June 12.
Organiser Michael Ainsworth said: “In our tenth year it just shows how far we’ve come that we can manage to attract bands like The Burning Hell as part of just a few UK dates.
“They are a great live band with a set full of engaging songs.” The Doghouse night in the main room at Arden Road Social Club kicks off with the acclaimed Canadian country singer Nick Ferrio before local band From The Hills hits the stage with the towering, P J Harvey-influenced vocals of Jenny Bromley.
Critics have struggled to do justice to the music of the main act The Burning Hell. Pauline Godfrey of Rebel Rebel described the five-piece outfit as ‘a wordy rock band with clarinet and horns - or should it be pop?’
“It’s hard to do them justice with a description of the sound; the real skill is in the songwriting.The songs are funny and moving and clever. We laughed at their jokes, we applauded their harmonies, and I suspect they’ll be getting a very warm welcome,” she said.
The Burning Hell, now based in St John’s, Newfoundland, has built up an international cult following. The band is particularly known for its passionate, literate and humorous lyrics and has been compared to They Might Be Giants and Jonathan Richman. Founded by Mathias Kom, the band has had a fluctuating membershipin the past but since 2011 the regular members have included Kom, Ariel Sharratt on clarinet, Darren Browne on guitar, Nick Ferrio on bass and Jake Nicoll on drums - although they are sometimes joined by guest musicians. Since 2013 Kom and Sharratt have embarked on occasional duo tours.
Andy Fyfe of Q Magazine said: “The band is mostly the product of songwriter Mathias Kom, a mischievous, caustic people’s poet with a world view that lets you know the good guys occasionally win.”
Nick Ferrio is a Canadian songwriter working in country and folk music. His sophomore album entitled ‘Amongst the Coyotes and Birdsongs’, a subtle collection of songs, examined the ferociousness of love. The album features collaborations with Julie Doiron, Tamara Lindeman (The Weather Station) and Steve Lambke. Tickets at £8/£7 are available in advance from Revo Records, Halifax, or www.doghouseuk.com