Houdini Dax are the new talk of the town in Cardiff. Having had a jam packed year of back to back performances between festival appearances at Liverpool Sound City, The Great Escape and Festival No. 6, they’ve found ardent support from NME’s Mark Beaumont and bands like Slaves, Yak and The Strypes. The trio at Houdini Dax, Jack Butler, David Newington and Owen Richards never fail to impress the audience, be it performing to a sellout crowd at Cardiffs ‘Clwb Ifor Bach” or regaling Indian audiences at the recently concluded NH7 Bacardi Weekender.
Their new album ‘Naughty Nation’ has already made a big impression, being shortlisted for the Welsh Music Prize 2015. Some of the songs may sound familiar: ‘Roll On Up’ was recently featured on Reach Out: Welsh Rock for Refugees alongside exclusive and previously unreleased tracks from the likes of Stereophonics, Manic Street Preachers and Super Furry Animals. Meanwhile, Dax anthems ‘Legs’, ‘Let’s Stick Together’ and ‘Good Old-Fashioned Maniac’ have been snapped up by Jack Wills, BT Sport and the Lad Bible, respectively.
Their latest track ‘Found Love In The Dole Office’ was inspired by true life observations made by Jack Butler, their lead singer. According to Jack, the inspiration for the song came “from seeing a couple getting a bit too intimate while signing on. I went back home and started messing around with the melody, drummer Dave started writing it with me and it was complete within the hour. We were writing in the dark because we didn’t have enough money to get a new light bulb, and that probably helped the inspiration for the tune. The couple ended up getting kicked out of the dole office, doubt they got paid that week.”
Counting Rhod Gilbert and Charlotte Church amongst their fans, Houdini Dax are South Wales’ best kept secret; and they’re about to make a big impression on an international scale.
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