Many of you will have seen Paul and Helen Bytheway play at Zeffirellis before, either as a duo, or with their covers band ’The Retrosettes’. This is a chance to see them play with their own band The Horse Puppets, who are are an indie folk band playing all original music.
Back in 2016 the band had a simple YouTube clip online that was seen by Italian film director Paolo Sorrentino. They then appeared in the opening scene of the film 'Youth', joining Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel in the first shots of the movie. From the popularity of the film in Europe the band toured the continent with Simply Red, then went on to release an album through Universal Germany and Live Nation, which became album of the week on multiple German radio stations.
After building their own studio in Manchester and deciding to do the next album under a new name without any producers, The Horse Puppets recorded their first independent album called ‘Sorry For The Inconvenience’ in late 2019. The addition of pedal steel and violin well as analogue synths, double bass and vocal harmonies gave the album an eclectic sound described as Lou Reed meets Pulp. In lockdown 2020, Helen and Paul hosted a live streamed album launch. The single ‘Which Way To Go’ from the album was included in the ‘Fresh on the net’ playlist by Tom Robinson (6music).
After a full year of streaming with their acoustic duo and ‘lockdown’ style remote recordings with the rest of the band, the music has developed into to a more rootsy acoustic folk. Their newest songs ‘Where I Want To Be’ and ‘Make It Better’ have adopted a sound closer to The Lumineers meets Fleetwood Mac with an acoustic mix of violin, double bass, piano, guitar and large vocal harmonies.
With festival appearances in 2022 already planned, and the recording of a new album underway, the future is looking bright for this unsigned Manchester band.
“Love that whole swampy Dr John/Alabama 3 groove thing” - Tom Robinson, Fresh on the net & BBC 6 music
“One of those line ups you wouldn’t have seen 10 years ago…..very organic…they’re great to listen to” - Mike Sweeney, BBC Radio Manchester
“… a smooth and atmospheric indie-rock groove, with hints of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds” - Mystic Sons Blog
"Caught You Out’ is a spare and understated and considered indie tune with hints of Pulp and a dash of country. Low-key, reflective and delivered with a beguiling lightness of touch, its appeal is hard to ignore.” - Whisperinandhollerin blog