Arden Road Social Club in Halifax, West Yorkshire : 8 till late
£6 advance : £5 DOGHOUSE members : £7 door
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.