Loosening the lead for Doghouse 2016

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A new season of great live music begins with the first Doghouse of the year - and what a promising line-up the promoters have come up with.

Hunck were born out of the post-riot depths of Tottenham in 2013 and headline the first Doghouse gig of 2016 on the back of some pretty outstanding reviews of their work.

Estranged childhood friends Frederik Tyson-Brown and Thomas Wykes reconnected after a series of heartbreaks, losses and unfortunate events to indulge and share their love in the gloomier sounds of long dead crooners such as Al Bowlly and Frank Sinatra.

Initially releasing the dream tinged cover of Frank’s “In The Wee Small Hours of the Morning”, they went on to release their cassette only debut EP ‘Something Missing’. After a period languishing in the hiss of their broken hi-fis and the repetitive thud of darts against a local dart board, Frederik and Thomas recruited Kieron Johnston on drums and Michael James Dent on guitar.

The result is something outstanding as Never Enough Notes says: “It’s easy-listening at its finest and you’ll be hitting the repeat button without realising as it blasts through your headphones. If they continue with their twist on the dream-pop sound that everyone is going crazy for, everyone will know Hunck this time next year.”

Sharing the bill is Joss Worthington - a member of the famous Calderdale footballing clan - who will be hoping 2016 is every bit as successful as last year for his band Postcards From Jeff.

Postcards From Jeff release their debut album Modern Language in October last year.

An elegy for cinema revealing stolen glimpses of another world, another life.

Each track is 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.

This is brooding lustrous indie pop driving a line somewhere between the dreaminess of Mercury Rev and the vastness of Sigur Ros, by way of kindred spirits The National, Guided By Voices or the exultant cinematic reach of a band like M83.

First support comes from new Halifax band Moth Loves A Flame.

Doghouse takes place at Arden Road Social Club on January 29. Tickets £7 from Revo Records.