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Back in the day (okay, 2006), DARTZ! were probably the best math rock band coming out of Teesside. But alas, those days passed and one third (or one quarter) of them decided to set up shop first as the beautifully affecting Meadowlands and then as pop-rock outfit Algiers. But now WKJ Anderson is stepping out once again under his own name and, yes, he’s still retained his wonderful knack for songwriting. A flurry of recordings coming out of his secret Sheffield base – including the off-kilter rockabilly of You Don’t Have To Lift A Finger and beautiful camplight ballad What Ghosts – has had this writer’s pulses racing with excitement. There’s no doubt that his set at Eaglescliffe’s premier vegetarian dining establishment will sate the appetites of those wondering what the former math rocker has been up to.

But if you need a juicy appetiser before the main course, Whitby’s Nocturnal Dictionary might just be the ticket. The young quartet are anything but your run-of-the-mill indie band, playing freeform psychedelia with a ferocious eccentric streak that often sees them getting lost in a whirlwind of jazz sax and fuzzy bass. It’s certainly an exciting combination, rather like having chocolate and Doritos together (which is actually very nice, so it’s guaranteed to be a good ‘un!)

WKJ Anderson and Nocturnal Dictionary play at The Waiting Room, Eaglescliffe on Sunday 13th September.

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