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wolfhounds1.jpg Hark! Cult C86 band approaches!

The Wolfhounds were one of the bands included on the original NME C86 cassette tape, which defined the mid-1980s indie sound and gave its name to a whole scene. They’re playing The Cumberland Arms in November.

Ex-NME staffer Andrew Collins dubbed the C86 cassette “the most indie thing to have ever existed”. It featured tracks from the likes of Half Man Half Biscuit, The Wedding Present, Primal Scream and, yes, The Wolfhounds. This noise/pop band from Romford formed in 1985 and were one of the darlings of the indie scene of the time. As they progressed through the 1980s they gradually shed their pop side for more noise with their Blown Away (1989) and Attitude (1990) albums seeing them up sticks and move into Sonic Youth territory. They split in 1990 but reformed in 2005, playing a string of well-received gigs including a date at the ICA in London to celebrate the 20th anniversary of C86. They’ve also continued to record new stuff, including last year’s United Kingdom album, which was greeted rapturously, Louder Than War slapping it with a big 9/10. Their gig at the Cumberland Arms promises to be pretty special as supporting are Ashington’s finest St. James Infirmary and punky-poppy Newcastle duo The Noise and the Naive.

The Wolfhounds + St. James Infirmary + The Noise and the Naive, Friday 10 November, The Cumberland Arms, Ouseburn, Newcastle, 8pm, £6 adv/£8 door. www.wegottickets.com/event/412990