A group of rock veterans are attempting to break into the Huddersfield music scene. almost 40 years after they first formed.

Tax Loss hope their new sound will be music to the ears of the town’s residents and want to find venues where it can be put to the test.

The five-piece have been getting together several times a week at the Kings Cross rehearsal rooms in Halifax, since they reunited in 2012 to mark the 35th anniversary of their first big gig together.

Although now in their 50s, members Michael Bottomley, Chris Murgatroyd, Ian wood and Trevor Dollive hope their passion for playing music and the addition of female singer Kerry Ogden will help them keep their crowd-pulling magic.

The group pulled a 3,000-strong crowd when they headlined at Westminster’s Central Hall in London in 1977 and were regulars on the Calderdale music scene until work and other commitments caused them to split up.

Although staying together for a short while after reforming in 1987 and again 1999, drummer Trevor said that this time they plan to properly re-establish themselves.

Trevor, who now lives in Lockwood and works as a plumber said: “It’s an exciting time for the band because we’ve been practising regularly since the event and are now ready to start gigging around Huddersfield.

“We’ve realised that we all still gell really well, share a passion for music and don’t want to stop.

Kerry Ogden, 25, singer in Tax Loss
Kerry Ogden, 25, singer in Tax Loss

“The Huddersfield scene is fantastic because of the amount of pubs that will put bands on but the only problem is that they are so popular some of them are booked up for the next year.”

Originally known for their own rock songs, that covered politics and the Toxteth riots, they are now focusing on covers by legends such as Jethro Tull, The Stranglers and newer bands such as the Dandy Warhols.

The addition of Kerry, 25, has allowed them to become even more diverse and embrace musicians such as Joan Armatrading and the Ting Tings.

Trevor said: “Since we’ve got back together we’ve done a couple of gigs and they’ve gone well but we want to make it more regular.

“That we’re a bit older doesn’t matter; we’re having great fun together and want to keep going for as long as we can.”

To book the band email chrismurgy@aol.com.

The band as they are now. (L-R) Trevor Dollive, Ian Wood, Michael Bottomley and Chris Murgatroyd

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