THEE Deadtime Philharmonic are preparing for their comeback gig after a year away from the stage - and fans have been promised a new album is in the pipeline.
Little more than two years ago, Thee Deadtime played the legendary Strummer of Love festival set up by former members of The Clash, where they joined Bastille and Mumford and Sons on the bill.
Their single, Spine, was keeping both bands off the top of the Strummerville download charts.
Spine and another single, Protected, were receiving regular airplay on former Pulp singer Jarvis Cocker’s Radio 6 Music show.
But, unlike Bastille and Mumford and Sons, who have both since had Number One albums, front man and songwriter Wayne Murdoch refused to bow to record labels pushing him to compromise his often-controversial, politically-driven music.
And, after a year off gigging, Murdoch has written fresh material and chizzled his line-up by appointing a mystery guitarist and bass player.
Now the band are set to revive their bone-rattling live show when they headline The Venue, in Derby, on Thursday, April 10.
Murdoch told the Advertiser how excited he was to be performing with his new line-up.
He said: “This year, I’ve been writing some new material and we’ve been tweaking the line-up to ensure we have the people we want.
“The new guitarist is a brilliant front man and songwriter in his own right, so it’s a real honour he’s agreed to come and play with us.
“The bass player has been around the block a few times and his experience shows.
“I think he’s got guitar leads that are older than me.”
Kerryanne Dunbar, on vocals and percussion, and Lee Shaw, on drums, complete Thee Deadtime’s new five-piece line-up.
Murdoch said anyone coming to the gig at The Venue can expect ‘fireworks’.
He said: “It’s going to be very high-energy and unpredictable.
“It’ll range from frenzied to quite emotional stuff.
“We don’t have a style and we don’t sound like anyone else.
“Like I’ve said to representatives from some major labels in the past, we refuse to conform to a single genre.
“I’ve had label executives tell me ‘give me 10 more songs like Protected’, but each song has its own sound and that’s how we keep it.
“The main theme we maintain is the subject matter - our songs are about documenting the times we live in today, particularly the struggles the working class are experiencing now.”
Thee Deadtime are raising cash for their new album via an appeal through Indiegogo.
The appeal allows fans to give whatever they can to help raise the thousands of pounds it takes to record and produce and album.
Anyone who wants to donate can do so online at www.indiegogo.com/projects/thee-deadtime-philharmonic-debut-album--2.
Those who donate will receive gifts ranging from singles and albums to Thee Deatime offering to play a gig at their homes - depending on how much the give.