Dave Woodcock & The Dead Comedians - Medicine



Rock

Sheffield
South Yorkshire
England


Band Description

Dave Woodcock & The Dead Comedians are an acclaimed roots rock band from Sheffield UK. Theirs is a classic rock sound married to heart-on-sleeve songwriting - think Springsteen and the Replacements meets The Clash.

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Artist Biography

For the past decade Dave Woodcock has been carving out a reputation as one of the finest songwriters and most incendiary live performers around. First with his band Taste Of Shotgun whose prolific output (4 albums in 2 years) and legendary live performances caused a stir in the pre-New Yorkshire scene of the early noughties and then as a solo performer renowned for his passion and heart-on-sleeve balladry.
 
In 2007, he released the well received mournful solo album ‘Wednesday’s Child’ which was compared favourably with ‘the best of Leonard Cohen and Richard Hawley’. Backed by his band The Dead Comedians, 2009 saw the release of the acclaimed and award-winning ‘Omaha High Low’ an album which married his distinctive style to a sympathetic full band sound.
 
2011’s ‘Poisoned Nights and Bar Room Lights’ further expanded the band’s sound and received more widespread critical praise eventually picking up the Best Album award at the Sheffield Scenester Awards in 2012, beating out the likes of The Arctic Monkeys. Since then, the band has undergone some line-up changes and written a new collection of songs with a harder rock sound which culminated in recording the new album ‘Medicine’ at Sheffield’s prestigious 2fly Studios.

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For the past decade Dave Woodcock has been carving out a reputation as one of the finest songwriters and most incendiary live performers around. First with his band Taste Of Shotgun whose prolific output (4 albums in 2 years) and legendary live performances caused a stir in the pre-New Yorkshire scene of the early noughties and then as a solo performer renowned for his passion and heart-on-sleeve balladry. In 2007, he released the well-received mournful solo album ‘Wednesday’s Child’ which was compared favourably with ‘the best of Leonard Cohen and Richard Hawley’.
 
Backed by his band The Dead Comedians, 2009 saw the release of the acclaimed and award-winning ‘Omaha High Low’ an album which married his distinctive style to a sympathetic full band sound.
2011’s ‘Poisoned Nights and Bar Room Lights’ further expanded the band’s sound and received more widespread critical praise eventually picking up the Best Album award at the Sheffield Scenester Awards in 2012, beating out the likes of The Arctic Monkeys. Since then, the band has undergone some line-up changes and written a new collection of songs with a harder rock sound which culminated in recording the new album ‘Medicine’ at Sheffield’s prestigious 2fly Studios with noted producer Dave Sanderson.
 
New single ‘At The Pharmacy’ was released online in December 2014 receiving praise from BBC Radio Sheffield: “Back with a bang…what a track!”
 
This new album is a powerful rush of rock n roll energy reflecting Woodcock’s rock music influences -ranging from mid-60s Dylan, 70s Springsteen, English punk like The Clash and The Sex Pistols and 80s American indie rock such as like The Replacements and Husker Du - while still maintaining his inimitable song-writing and performance style.
 
The Dead Comedians themselves comprise a who’s who of Sheffield music featuring guitarist Chris Saunders (also a renowned music photographer), Paul Hoyland (ex-6Needles) on bass and backing vocals, drummer Richard Hunter (currently working with up and coming indie rockers The Retrospectives) and Tommy Binks (former front man of The Alcoholics and acclaimed singer-songwriter in his own right) on guitar and vocals.
 
‘Medicine’ finds Dave Woodcock and The Dead Comedians firing on all cylinders and creating exciting, smart rock n roll which is sure to satisfy old and new fans alike.
 
Selected Press for Dave Woodcock & The Dead Comedians: ·
 
"Best Album" - Sheffield Scenester Awards·
 
"A remarkable record" - From Under The Basement (USA)
· "Great, great music" - Roots Review (USA)
· "One of the very last blue-collared poets" -Americana UK
· "A must....a rollercoaster ride through country, rock and R&B" -Counterfeit Magazine
· "Damn it's good...8/10" - Toast Magazine
·"Another winner...Highly recommended" -TheeSpc
· "A band at the very top of their game" -Nowhere Town
· "Celebrate a devotion to the language of rock n roll...a fine bit of craft" - soundsxp
 
· "Album of the year" -SMS Awards
· "It kicks ass" 9/10 -Exposed Magazine
"Quite simply stunning...beautiful...quickly addictive...this is the rock n roll album that was always missing from your life" -SMS Magazine
 
· "Booze-soaked, fag-smoked solipstic ruminations backed by seriously accomplished rock n rollers, The Dead Comedians... It sounds magnificent... For anyone with the merest sliver of rock n roll in their soul"- SoundsXP
 
· "Dave Woodcock and the Dead Comedians attack songs of booze, regret and wanderlust with a freewheeling, growling cockiness ...and spit out liberating, working class music that finds Woodcock's bruised and battered lyrics ably matched with a world weary delivery that alternately wallows and uplifts" - Teenage Kicks (USA)
 
· "An album of variety and verve" -Counterfeit Magazine
 


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