THEY’VE dropped the electro vibe and they’re coming home – for one week only.
Brighouse band Far From The Dance may have upped and left God’s own county for the bright lights of the big smoke but they’ve not forgotten their fans up north.
After a bit of a breather last month the melodic rockers are heading up to Huddersfield and Brighouse this week for a brace of homecoming gigs.
But after enjoying a home-cooked meal and a drink with old friends, the adopted Londoners have an ulterior motive to fulfil.
They are on a not-so secret mission to drag other Huddersfield bands down to the East End to their monthly residency at top rock pub The Princess Alice.
FFTD drummer Thom Thornton said the pub’s Friday night session Northern Rock n Roll Is Good For My Soul was proving a big hit and they were keen to share the glory with fellow Yorkshire bands.
Parish favourites Mr Shiraz have already been lined up for this month’s gig while Halifax band The Black Block are set to trundle down in November.
Other northern monkeys lined up include Extra Curricular and Your New Antique.
But first up is the small matter of hometown gigs at The Rock Cafe this Thursday and Brighouse Barge on Friday.
Thom said: “That’ll be a big home coming. The Rock Cafe is a good venue for us. We’re expecting that to be a big one but Brighouse, that’s the proper homecoming.
“We’ve done a couple of new tracks since we moved down to London so we’re going to concentrate on playing new stuff over the next few months.”
Plans for bigger things are also on the agenda.
Having played more than 30 gigs in the capital since their move earlier this year, Thom said they were hoping to get on the Glastonbury line up and tour in Europe.
Now on the books of UK Management Company ‘Deuce’ the band are starting to move forward attracting attention from Universal and Chrysalis records over the Summer as well as Producer Colin Leggett (Primal Scream, Jeff Beck, Thin Lizzy) and being scouted by Global Music Insurance Giants, Robertson Taylor, finding themselves insured along side artists such as U2 and Paul McCartney.
But until the mega-deal is signed they can still be found plugging away on the mean streets of Shoreditch and occasionally up north.
“Every Sunday we can be found down on Brick Lane,” added Thom.
“We do a stall where we busk and promote the night at The Princess Alice and our other gigs.
“Now summer’s out of the way and the students are back we’re getting back on it.”