The Spooker Bands
Dressed Like Wolves
Fuzzy, frantic and heartfelt, our boys Rick, Paul, Az, and Dan - a.k.a. Dressed Like Wolves - can do it all.
"Off-centre, lo-fi indie/folk that veers between sweetly spindly to fuzzily meaty, with, as ever, his gorgeously fragile and quivering vocals taking centre stage. And his lyrics remain funny, heart-breaking and bereft of clichés. It’s all rather gorgeous"
"In the great tradition of great British eccentrics"
"Bright Eyes with Balls"
"Dobbing’s part-whispered delivery always feels like he’s holding back on spilling a terrible secret, sick of carrying the burden. It’s this presence that adds so much weight to his usually folky, emotive songs about the stresses of human relationships"
"With all the biting humor, incredible beauty and breathtaking fragility of life itself, Dressed Like Wolves' third full length elevates their handmade folk pop to a new level of glowing imperfection"
"These are guys are already garnering a huge amount of support and BalconyTV expects big things for them"
"Thornaby's perfect purveyors of lo-fi folk pop"
Solo project of Teesside songstress Clare Hargan. For fans of Regina Spektor, depression, hashtags, and insta filters.
Check back soon to find out more about the spooky, beautiful, soul-baring, twinkly Dymphna.
Nel Unlit are a group of nine songwriters, storytellers and musicians who have their roots all over the North East of England and Northern Ireland. Despite the idea for the project brewing for 7 years, the band officially formed in 2016, from past and present members of Sullivan and Gold, Dressed Like Wolves, Pellethead, General Sherman and Hold Music.
From then, they began releasing music through our little DIY label Spooker Rekkids! Their wonderful debut single 'True Things' caught the ear of Peter & David Brewis of Field Music who went onto produce and perform on the follow up track ‘Unhung’ in 2017. 'Fireflies' came next in 2018, with these first few tracks earning the band critical acclaim, radio play on BBC Radio 6, and comparisons to Nick Drake, Richard Dawson, Sufjan Stevens, and Bon Iver. Their latest single 'Apple' was released in September 2019.
They have written a concept album, 'Wake for the Dreaming' based on the graphic novel 'World’s End' by Neil Gaiman. The album is a celebration of storytelling and its power to soothe and inspire in times of crisis. Various methods of storytelling are used to achieve this, including stories within stories (and even stories within stories within stories). It will be released in 2020.
Releases were greeted with praise and comparisons with Bon Iver, Sufjan Stevens, Alt-j, Elbow, Richard Dawson and Jarvis Cocker.
Gamburtsevs is a concept album/short film telling the story of a man, working alone in a seed storage vault under a mountain on Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago.
It is the creation of multi-instrumentalist and multi-bandist (Dressed Like Wolves, Pellethead, Hold Music, Nel Unlit) Daniel Allen of Teesside, now an adopted Londoner, with help of fellow Teessider - and top Spooker - Jon Horner.
The album was recorded by Allen and Horner in an old telephone repeater station on Shap Fell in Cumbria in order to capture the sense of isolation and the majesty of nature that the album invokes as it explores humanity’s relationship with the planet, religion and mental health.
As a visual album, each song will have an accompanying video, together forming a 25 minute short film. All to be revealed and released very soon.