ONE of Uttoxeter’s most promising bands are set to play alongside one of their heroes at a high-profile gig in Derby.
The Shelter are ‘overjoyed’ to have secured a support slot to the Tom Hingley Band on Friday night at the Hairy Dog.
Hingley was the front man of Madchester heroes the Inspiral Carpets and now tours with his eponymous band.
And the Inspirals remain one of indie rockers The Shelter’s, and frontman and songwriter Julian Parker’s, influences.
Julian said: “Its a real privilege to appear as special guests to the man behind a band that have been an influence in our own songwriting.”
The gig comes after last year’s release of The Shelter’s debut single, Echoes of Queen Street, was released last year.
Since rising from the ashes of popular Uttoxeter covers band The Cavemen, the band have also played slots at Dovefest and at Derby’s iconic Victoria Inn venue.
Their style incorporated catchy, Madchester-esque grooves and melodies with the punky, new wave influence of acts like The Jam and The Clash.
Inspiral Carpets rose to prominence in the late 1980s at the legendary Hacienda club in Manchester.
They regularly shared bills with iconic bands including The Stone Roses and The Happy Mondays.
Tom Hingley was a glass collector at the Hacienda and joined the Inspirals in 1989 after beating Noel Gallagher, who was then a guitar tech for Madchester acts, in auditions.
Since the Inspirals disbanded in 2011, Hingley has started the Tom Hingley Band.
They are a three-piece blues-rock band and will perform tracks from a new album called Paper.
A Hairy Dog spokesman said:
Think of Bowie’s Tin Machine, but with songs, think of The Jimi Hendrix Experience, played by Frank Spencer, and you get the idea.
“After 38 years of playing music, Tom has gone back to his roots by strapping on an electric guitar.
“Now there is an even bigger sound than his voice on stage.
“The Tom Hingley Band also feature Ste Pearce on bass and Malc Law, formerly of the Silent Partners, on drums.”
The night’s entertainment gets underway at around 8.30pm at the Becket Street venue.