Leeds quintet – HOUSEHOLD DOGS – will return with their first new music of 2020: Ain’t No Heaven – out 26 March 2020.
From its gossamer beginnings, all hushed Bill Ryder-Jones-meets-Matt Behringer vocal baritones and spartan, spacious guitar lines reminiscent of The XX; an altogether more glowering, psychologically probing and darkly anthemic prospect soon begins to bloom into life…
The roots of Ain’t No Heaven originally trace back to a piece of prose penned by Dogs frontman Declan Newcombe. Gripped by an inexplicable surge of inspiration while walking in the pale light of one cold winter’s morning, Declan felt compelled to capture a dark and enigmatic monologue that began to materialise amidst his stream of consciousness. With just his phone to hand, he found words spilling wildly and vividly into a written passage of a stark intensity and brittle vulnerability. Psychologically curious and poetically captivating, Declan recognised its lyrical potential.
Accompanied with a fittingly brooding soundscape courtesy of bandmates Alex Fletcher (guitar), Ross Day ( (guitar), Matt Fogg (Bass) and Josh Hagan (percussion), Ain’t No Heaven’s ghostly beginnings flesh-out to cast a bold, imposing shadow of the kind The National, Cigarettes After Sex or The Church would be proud to cast as their own.
Since 2018, Household Dogs have been intricately weaving elements of alternative rock, Americana, 80s post punk with psychologically-searching lyrics to create compositions of a striking gothic noir. Touring throughout summer 2019, the band have gained a reputation for ungovernable live sets, with memorable performances at festivals like Live At Leeds 2019, alongside support slots with the likes of The Blinders, Fizzy Blood and Giant Rooks earlier in the year.
Following a short run of Autumn dates, Household Dogs will be hitting the road again on a spring UK tour. Catch the band at The Parish in Huddersfield on April 1st, The Washington in Sheffield on April 7th, and the Hyde Park Book Club in Leeds on April 9th.