Long Division: Preview – Bands & Artists N-Z

The second part of our preview of Long Division with a local focus. Long Division takes place in Wakefield 12th to 14th June


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NARCS are an alternative rock band from Leeds.

NARCS website: http://narcsband.com

Piskie Sits

Wakefield band, Piskie Sits have been spinning their own brand of pseudo-american alt. rock for some time now and have shared the bill with some fantastic bands along the way (The Fall, Nine Black Alps, Times New Viking, The Research, Frightened Rabbit, Envelopes and Wild Beasts to name a few), as well as various festival appearances across the country. They’ve released a few EPs (including a split with fellow local scene stalwarts The Spills), a single or 2 and album “The Secret Sickliness” to great acclaim within the press and fans alike. Currently rehearsing with a slightly revised line-up the band are amassing more new material for future releases and to take out on the road.


Piskie Sits’ Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PiskieSits/timeline

Pulled Apart by Horses

Pulled Apart by Horses are an alternative rock band from Leeds. They formed in early 2008. In September 2014 the band’s 3rd album ‘Blood’ became their first top 40, entering the charts at 38.

Pulled Apart by Horses website: http://www.pulledapartbyhorses.com

Ryan Spendlove

Ryan Spendlove was born and raised in a small, ex-mining village in West Yorkshire. He started playing guitar at 18, later going on to start his first band, The Blueskins. Their most popular song, ‘Change My Mind’, was used in TV commercials, as well as in the remake of the cult classic series, The Dukes of Hazzard. Ryan now plays solo and has been gaining popularity in the blues/acoustic scene. He continues to play regular gigs for his fans across the United Kingdom. In January 2011, Ryan flew to Chicago to sign a record deal with Candyrat Records, where he recorded his first solo acoustic album, ‘Fable’. After a successful U.S tour, he recorded a second record on Candyrat entitled ‘In Another World’.

Ryan Spendlove’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ryanspendlovemusic

Sam Airey

An Alternative/Indie/Folk singer/songwriter Sam Airey originates from the Isle of Anglesey, but now resides in the city of Leeds, West Yorkshire. Raised in rural North Wales on various types of folk and country music, Sam blends these influences with the sounds and experiences he has encountered along the way.

Sam Airey’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/samaireymusic

Serious Sam Barrett

Serious Sam Barrett is a roots/folk/country musician from Leeds. He plays a mixture of traditional and original material but his recorded output has mainly focused on his own compositions especially in his later works. His style builds on folk music from the British Isles, Ireland, traditional American music as well as more contemporary styles of Rock n Roll and 50s pop music. Sam mainly plays a 12 string guitar although he also has made many recording playing banjo and occasionally electric guitar.

Serious Sam Barrett’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Serious-Sam-BarrettYaDig-Records/185802254796469

Sons of Great Men

3-piece from Wakefield.

Sons of Great Men’s website: http://www.sonsofgreatmen.co.uk/

Stop Drop Robot

Stop Drop Robot are a pioneering Electronic/Rock band consisting of producers, promoters and musicians. Dedicated to preforming live, the group effortlessly bring a unique blend of synthesizers, blues and electronic rock together and are well known faces amongst musicians working in the Yorkshire area.

Stop Drop Robot’s website: http://www.stopdroprobot.com

Here’s our review of their single ‘Cradle’.

The Ainsley Band

They class themselves as a ‘Fraggle-rock’ band from Wakefield.

The Ainsley Band’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TheAinsleyBand

As well as playing on Saturday, The Ainsley Band will be closing up the festival on Sunday, in what is now traditional fashion, by recording an album to a live audience. The audience will be given a wireless headset to hear the actual mix as it happens, the recording undertaken by Greenmount Studios (The Cribs, Pulled Apart By Horses, Middleman). They will also receive a download of the album as part of the £5 entry fee, and the album will be later released physically by Philophobia Music.

Tickets available for the live recording available at the link: http://www.unityworks.co.uk/event/live-album-recording-ainsley-band/

The Do’s

Grunge duo from Wakefield. Their EP was released in March 2015.


The Do’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/thedosband/

The Grand

Transatlantic alternative pop from Wakefield.

The Grand’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/thegrandwakefield

The Horn The Hunt

Emerging from a winter spent in Greenland, THTH formed out of a burning desire to make challenging pop music. Currently based in Leeds, UK, the duo of Clare Carter and Joseph Osborne are performing live featuring heavy synths, desert guitars and powerful vocals.

The Horn The Hunt’s website: http://www.thehornthehunt.com

The Hurriers

In little under two years since their formation, Barnsley band, The Hurriers have blazed a trail across the UK’s festivals and fundraisers. The Hurriers have released their debut long player ‘From Acorn Mighty Oaks’ working with Sheffield producer Alan Smyth (Arctic Monkeys, Pulp, Richard Hawley). The South Yorkshire five-piece call themselves ‘A proper socialist punk band’ and since their formation in 2013 they’ve were invited to play Glastonbury by Billy Bragg, they’ve played festivals with New Model Army and secured support slots with The Sleaford Mods, including at Sheffield’s O2 Academy.

The Hurriers’ website: http://thehurriers.co.uk/

The Spills

It’s all kicking off for this Wakefield indie-rock 4-piece. They are due to release an exclusive 7″ on the 29th June, with their album coming later in the year. Amidst writing and recording the album, the band have spent the last year or so sharing bills with The Cribs, Cloud Nothings, Menace Beach, Joanna Gruesome, WOAHNOWS and PAWS, as well as being featured on both Big Scary Monsters’ compilation of favourite new bands, and Alcopop! Records’ infamous Road To The Velodrome (released as a fixie road bike!)
Since releasing their debut LP, Occam’s Razor, on prolific Wakefield label, Philophobia Music (Runaround Kids, imp, Mi Mye), the band has been championed by the likes of BBC 6Music, Amazing Radio and XFM.

The Spills’ Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/thespills

These Men

These men are an acappella group, channeling gruff choir type sounds, doo-wop, Bach, indie-schmindie, stuff like that.

These Men’s facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/These-Men/131846323079

Thomas Wilby Gang

Swampy gospel-infused raw blues rock band from Wakefield.

Thomas Wilby Gang’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ThomasWilbyGang

Two Man Cuppy

Two Man Cuppy are back together, recreating the unique Wakefield flange sound of ’93 .

Two Man Cuppy’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Two-Man-Cuppy/828396130589597

We Got Rocket

3 piece Alt. Rock from Featherstone, West Yorkshire.

We Got Rocket’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WeGotRocket

See The first part of our preview of Long Division with a local focus

Long Division website: http://www.longdivisionfestival.co.uk
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Long Division on Twitter: @Long_Division_

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