Mancunian stalwarts The Travelling Band are touring their new album ‘Sails’ and will be in Leeds on Saturday, November 25.
The five-piece will be bringing their brand of “Mancunian Americana” to the High & Lonesome Festival taking place at the Brudenell Social Club.
An all day event, it will also feature Josh Rouse, John Smith, Keston Cobblers Club, Gill Landry, Shadowlark, William The Conquerer, Pale Seas, Brooke Bentham, Alessi’s Ark, Seamus Fogherty, Keeva, Lake Poets, Crake, Tamzene and Christof.
Tickets are on sale for £18, which will include access to all venues throughout the day, and they can be bought from www.highandlonesome.co.uk or via local record shops and the Brudenell bar.
The Travelling Band will be airing tracks from their recently released album. Focused around the songwriting talents and production skills of Jo Dudderidge and Adam Gorman and the rhythmic driving force of enigmatic drummer Nick Vaal, they have been quietly honing what Marc Riley described as “Mancunian Americana”.
The resulting album mines a rich seam of influences, with key album track ‘Last Night I Dreamt (of Killing You)’ and the grungy ‘Wasted Eyes’ highlighting the band’s love of American indie rock, but still with that Mancunian twist nodding to Elbow and I Am Kloot.
Beneath the surface of the rockier exterior, the album’s unexpected darker lyrical themes and noir-esque approach reveal a band navigating stormy waters as personal and relationship issues began to emerge after 10 years of hard-hitting life on the road. Two of the five remaining founding members jumped ship during the album’s turbulent recording process and an album that was essentially recorded live ended up taking a further 12 months to complete.
Ironically, it was Spenny, one of the two departing members, who had driven the band to get back in to the studio after the event that Jo has dubbed “the Christmas miracle”.
The band made national news when social media rallied round after all their gear was stolen along with their tour van.
“What happened made us feel wanted and relevant to people’s lives. The band seemed bigger than just the members,” Jo said.
When the van and all the gear was safely returned, Spenny floated the idea of getting straight into the studio to record a new album live, quickly.
However, despite the initial enthusiasm, the band started to fracture. As the recording process stalled, Jo travelled to Nashville and became inspired by the sense of community amongst artists and musicians in the city’s buzzing East Nashville suburbs. He returned to Manchester with renewed confidence and a desire to create a similar kind of supportive hub back in his home city.
He said: “It seemed an obvious thing to me. If there’s a city in the world that has that collaborative spirit at its core, then it’s Manchester.”
It was out of this new-found optimism that Pinhole Sound Studio was born: Jo and Adam consolidated their instruments and recording equipment into a space which they have turned into a hub of creativity for the Manchester musical community.
“All the bands coming in to record at Pinhole Sound Studio gave us the impetus to finish our own record,” Jo continued. “The songs we had were the sails for the band - all we had to do was find the energy to breathe life in to them.”