The new Stone Roses?


THE jammy blighters couldn’t have timed it any better, writes Graham Chalmers.

If there was ever a moment in recent rock history for a new band to emerge blending the best of the ‘baggy’ era bands with a certain oomph of their own it’s right here right now.

With the Stone Roses reformed for a short series of massive sellout gigs next summer, Sulk have just released their second single on cool London label Perfect Sound Forever.

London-based but featuring two ex-Harrogate musicians in the shape of lead singer John Sutcliffe and guitarist Andrew Needle, Back in Bloom is an irresistible, energy-packed slice of indie rock reminiscent of classic first album Stone Roses - but with a harder kick.

Produced by Ed Buller of Suede/Pulp/White Lies fame, written up in I-D magazine, find out more about Sulk at

YOU know it’s getting near Christmas when X Factor contestants start arriving at Viper Rooms nightclub - but, hey, I’m sure I wrote exactly the same thing last year.

Tonight, Friday, the Harrogate club welcomes Sophie Habibis for a special VIP meet and greet and an exclusive on-stage performance.

Entry prices from £5 or more if you feel like Q-jumping, quaffing champers etc and generally making a night of it.

SHOPPERS in Ripon’s Market Square are in for a musical surprise next Wednesday when folk-pop artist Liam Blake plays Cafe Nero at 2.30pm as part of a national Cafe Nero tour.

FORMER Wetherby girl Lindsey Mackie is making waves in the industry with her hot new single Big Ship.

Written, played and produced with her husband Dave, Lindsey is working with Right Recordings whose recordings are distributed through Universal.

Her reputation was built in Norwich band Clynics who appeared on he post punk compilation Welcome to Norwich - A Fine City.

The track is taken from her new album, her thought-provoking, first solo album, called Plaques and Tangles whose songs were partially inspired by her work with patients suffering from schizophrenia.

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YOU can always guarantee a lively night out when The Drouthy Band are around.

The likable Celtic band are headliners at a charity night tomorrow, Saturday at Scotton Village Hall.

The cause is a good one - to raise money for a new roof for the village hall itself which has been going successfully for 35 years purely through the terrific support of villagers themselves - well before the arrival of the ‘big society‘.

Combined with a candlelit supper and musical support from local vocal duo Tony and Sheila, tickets cost £15 and are available from Richard and Sue Wray on 01423 862079.

I HAD the great pleasure of being invited recently to the launch night for sophisticated arts magazine Aesthetic magazine new film festival in York.

As well as much schmoozing with this York mag‘s very nice staff, where I attempted to spread the word about the minor glories of Harrogate International Festival Fringe, there was also an unexpected treat - a live gig in City Screen’s basement venue by Domno Records’ latest signings, Found.

With your eyes open, this quirky trio looked decidedly uncool, well no cooler than me at least (the acid test, well, my acid test) in their jeans, checked shirts and, in the case of their lead singer, thinning hair.

Close them, however, and they were amazing. As inventive as any US band (Grizzly Bear), most songs seem to follow a million directions at the same time while always maintaining a melodic punch.

Look out for Found for, in the current sea of pop industry mediocrity, they may easily get lost.

LOCAL charity H Bomb! Is back in action under the indefatigable leadership of Kelly Gavaghan.

Celebrating four years of efforts towards raising money and awareness for people affected by domestic abuse in Harrogate, the event on Saturday, December 10 will see a live set from local rock band Soundstorm, an acoustic set from Twonz and an after-hours set from DJ Chris Hunter.

The show is free entry but there will be a charity raffle with top prizes. To get involved or donate prizes, contact Kelly at SID Media on 07982 443067.

PROG fans should tune into Phoenix FM online for local musician Tim Hunter’s latest edition of ProgYes next Monday.

As well as tracks from the likes of Caravan, The Nice and Baker Gurvitz Army (an Italian prog band), there’s also a review of Yes live at Sheffield City Hall.

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FINALLY, Harrogate youngsters Built for Syn are back at the Blues Bar for the third time this Sunday evening.

The teenage five-piece covers band, featuring lead singer Alice, can now be found on YouTube, too.