Fri 9th Oct - WILLIAM D DRAKE + Postcards From Jeff + The Tragics

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

Words about 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.

Prog Magazine
… Revere Reach is richly detailed, consistently impressive and, at times, deeply affecting.

Uncut
Delicious off radar folk….. this fifth effort is an enthralling exercise in stately prog-folk, drawing on a love of sea shanties, centuries old poetry and chamber music…

Marc Riley. Radio 6 Session & interview July 2011
"Nothing short of marvellous"

Q Magazine - Tom Doyle (Briny Hooves - album review)
'(Drake's) frenetic piano-playing inspired Blur, and here the ex-Cardiacs keyboardist turns his own refracted take on British art-pop: one part Robyn Hitchcock, one part deeper voiced Robert Wyatt.'

Cathi Unsworth (The Rising of the Lights - album review)
'Cardiacs and their musical progeny, have always been a clandestine sect, flowing beneath the surface of popular culture for three decades like rivers under pavements'.

Classic Prog - Sid Smith (The Rising of the Lights - album review)
'Wacky as hell but consistently brilliant '.

POSTCARDS FROM JEFF

Postcards From Jeff release their debut album Modern Language October 2015. An elegy for cinema revealing stolen glimpses of another world, another life. Each track a cinematic snapshot, shifting and shimmering in a flickering film light, capturing the timeless claustrophobia and psychodramas of small town suburbia. A soundtrack to a world wrapped in a rich language of isolation, of disconnection and delicious melancholia, where characters reach out to connect but miscommunicate with every step, staring into the darkness from the tree lined streets, out across the windswept moors and epic cloudscapes to a coming storm. 2014 saw the release of Postcards From Jeff's debut self-titled EP which was accompanied by two dark and dreamlike videos made in collaboration with award winning filmmaker Steve Glashier. This year, beginning with Suburban Girl, Glashier is onboard to direct all three of the debut albums accompanying videos, creating not only the cinematic snapshots that the songs deserve but turning all three into one single narrative, a short film within a film, following the complexities, themes and imagery of the record and delivering a piece of cinema that can truly turn Modern Language into the soundtrack it evokes. 

A bold meticulously composed cinematic statement - Big Issue 

A sexy New Order - Louder Than War

Intriguing and encapsulating Cinematic Music - Manchester Evening News 

Postcards From Jeff brings the tensions between town and country just a little bit closer. Working class Springsteen-ian ballads with a UK heart - IMPOSE