Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Welsh Wednesday #42

#42: Our Boy Billy by Houdini Dax

Cardiff's Houdini Dax have been around for a few years now, but it's only recently people have been noticing them. They have been listed on many a festival line up this year and are becoming a more and more familiar name in blogs and music publications.

Their sound is very reminiscent of classic British garage bands of the 60s, though the more contemporary comparisons you could make would be Arctic Monkeys and The Strypes. In fact Houdini Dax have supported the latter on tour. They've also toured with Charlotte Church, though don't sound much like her. In March this year, they had all their gear nicked from their van, but have managed to perservere thanks to generous donations from fans and fellow bands on the Welsh scene.

Their debut album 'You Belong To Dax Darling' was released in 2011, and its long-awaited follow-up 'Naughty Nation' is imminent. A number of singles have made it out in between though, their latest being Apple Tree, the band's poppiest offering yet. But for today's post, I've chosen one of their best tracks - 2013's single Our Boy Billy, a swaggering, energetic stomper that pretty much sums them up. A seriously good track, it is.

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