Well, Saturday was fun but we move on now and next gig is at The Georgian Theatre on Friday Feb 14th. It’s a show that I’m really excited about.
Working Men’s Club are a fantastic young band really starting to make a name for themselves and with good reason. It’s not going to be a full, never expected it to be, but with a couple of weeks to go sales have exceeded expectations.
Bands like this don’t come along very often, short and to the point, attitude to dance to. Don’t expect a long drawn out set, you get what you’re given, you’ll enjoy it and leave with a smile on your face.
Well, they are in my opinion! And I’m not alone. A band on the up, making a name for themselves, a band not to be missed if you want to see them up close. They won’t be playing venues this size for much longer.
“The most exciting new band out there at the moment” – BBC 1/BBC 6 DJ Huw Stephens.
I have to admit I’m long in the tooth and can be quite cynical about music I’m not familiar with these days but I was totally blown away when I saw the band playing in Newcastle towards the end of 2019. I left the venue with a spring in my step and my musical senses re-invigorated. And my ears ringing 🙂
Named with a nod to the famous Trades Club in Hebden Bridge. Singer and guitarist, Syd Sargeant explains “We grew up in northern towns trying to get in to pubs and in social clubs because that’s all we had. The name is an ode to that,”
Coming from the musical hot bed of Calderwood the band are now signed to the legendary Heavenly record label as are near neighbours The Orielles , there’s definitely something in the water in West Yorkshire.
Having played gigs with The Wedding Present and many others they have also just supported The Fat White Family on their recent sell out tour gaining many new fans along the way.
Working Men’s Club released 2 singles in 2019, the debut “Bad Blood”, a great big slab of post-punk for the 21st Century with an disco beat thrown in for good measure. Whilst follow up “Teeth” has a darker more electronic feel to it. Says singer Sid “We just want to confuse the fuck out of people, in a good way,” Amen to that!
Live the drums and hi-hat hit you first, before being joined by a bassline Peter Hook would be proud of. Then in comes the guitar that scratches against your psyche before Sydaddresses you with his forthright vocals. The guitar moves on, whirling your ear waves around whilst delivering subtle but powerful harmonies.
Independent Venues Week is an annual 7 day event championing local venues and the people who own, run and work in them bringing live music into towns around the country and often giving bands their first taste of playing live.
These venues, all local businesses, are the backbone of the live music scene and Independent Venue Week recognises all that they have done to create some of the most memorable nights of the past so they can continue to do the same in the future.
I’m very pleased to have been asked to get involved in arranging an official show at one of the venues recognised by the scheme as a venue that celebrates live music and goes out if its way to assist local independent promoters bring a wide variety of new and established artists to the area.
On Saturday 1st February a man who needs no real introduction to the Teesside gig going public makes a return visit to The Georgian Theatre Stockton for a show in the venues Green Room.
The Pack/Theatre of Hate/Spear of Destiny main man Kirk Brandon brings his aKoustiK show to the venue and is joined once again by the extraordinarily skilled Sam Sansbury on Cello. Kirk will be playing songs from the complete back catalogue.
Capacity is limited in The Green Room and tickets are selling fast so don’t hang around. Tickets can be bought on line via the Georgian web site here or via SEE Tickets here or in person at Sound It Out Records in Stockton.
2 more new shows for 2020 to run along side the previously announced Working Men’s Club, Dreadzone & Pete Wylie shows.
Adopted Teessider Kirk Brandon returns on February 1st for an aKoustiK show in The Green Room of The Georgian Theatre. The show will once again feature Sam Sansbury accompanying Kirk with his outstanding Cello playing.
This show is undertaken as part of Independent Venue Week. Independent Venue Week is a 7-day celebration of music venues around the country and a nod to the people that own, run and work in them, week in, week out. All who work at and are involved in promoting live music at the Georgian Theatre and The Green Room venue are honoured to be part of the process.
In April we welcome one of the most iconic bands of the last 40 years. A band who not only define a genre they created it. On April 9th The Meteors appear at The Georgian Theatre for a night of pyschobilly madness & mayhem.
Tickets available on line from The Georgian Theatre and from SEE Tickets here . Also in person at Sound It Out Records in Stockton.
Mega pleased to confirm one the country’s most exciting young bands will be appearing at The Georgian Theatre on Friday 14th February 2020.
Working Men’s Club hail from the cultural hotbed of Calderwood in West Yorkshire. They have recently just completed a tour supporting Fat White Family are are signed to Heavenly Records, home of another fine West Yorkshire band The Orielles
Working Men’s Club make angular post-punk, influenced by bands like Suicide, Wire and Fall. They grabbed plenty of buzz in 2019 with their debut single, ‘Bad Blood’.
Forcing backs off the wall and deeper onto the dancefloor, follow-up electric stomper ‘Teeth’ possesses enough bite to set pearly whites on edge and induce a wildly ecstatic feeling that’s anything but comfortable.
“It is a metaphor,” teases the band’s singer, guitarist and beat-maker, Sydney Minsky-Sargeant. “It could be about going insane or what you see, what you think you feel inside, a lot of things… put through a drum machine… basically we just want to confuse the fuck out of people, in a good way!”
The last 12 months has seen the band buckle up for a meteoric rise that’s been a hell of a ride; “Signing to Heavenly was a big deal for us,” offers Jake. “We’ve worshipped the label and its bands for a long time so it’s nice to be part of the family. It’s a culture; we’re all running in parallel.”
I recently saw the band live in Newcastle and was blown away. A young up and coming band, full of attitude (in a good way) making fresh exciting live music. You can hear the influences but they make the noise there own.
And they won’t be playing venues this size for much longer. See them up close and intimate whilst you can.
Working Men’s Club play The Georgian Theatre on Friday 14th February 2020. Supports to be confirmed.
Tickets fro SEE here or also in store at Sound It Out Records or online at The Georgian Theatre web site.
Two shows so far announced and on sale for 2020. Tickets available here from SEE Tickets and also available in person from Sound It Out Records in Stockton, on line from Georgain Theatre website here and available both in person and on line from Middlesbrough Town Hall Box Office.
Hopefully 2 shows for February and 1 for May will be announced sooner rather than later.