York music latest: The Filthy Piece bring White Stripes-style sound to The Duchess

Talented trio… The Filthy Piece. Photograph: Izzy Lee
15 Apr 2015 @ 9.04 pm
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The Duchess, York

Thu Apr 16 @ 7.30pm


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Up and coming York band The Filthy Piece have their first headline show at The Duchess this Thursday (April 16).

The local three-piece consists of Josh Sissons (17 – lead guitar and vocals), Alex Higginson (18 – rhythm guitar and vocals) and YorkMix’s very own film writer Isis Dunthorne (17 – drums).

After being together for little over five months they have already made inroads into the York music scene, supporting Irish folk-rockers Raglans and local lads Lion Papers over at Fibbers, as well as Europe’s number one The Who tribute act at The Duchess.

The support slot we played with Who’s Next was our first proper gig, and it couldn’t have gone better. After getting cheered for an encore at the end of our set, we were all totally pumped as we left the stage.

Only weeks later we got the offer from the venue to put on a headline show there and we are very grateful for their vote of confidence in us as we take on this big venture so early in our career.

– Isis

Arctic Monkey vibes

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Josh and Isis from The Filthy Piece. Photographs © Marc McGarraghy / Yellow Mustang Photography. Click to see a bigger image

With a stripped-back sound that has been compared to The White Stripes and a fully-blown band performance giving off Arctic Monkeys-like vibes Thursday promises to be a loud, energetic and entertaining night.

Their original songs, which will take up most of their 45-minute set, are innovative and catchy; packed with punchy guitar riffs, driving drum beats and meaningful lyrics. A few classic covers are likely to rock the walls and get the crowd clapping along too.

The band’s sound is an indication of the members’ diverse musical tastes and experiences.

Alex was brought up on folk music and rock, such as the works of Dire Straits, leading to his love of Andy Partridge from XTC and other post-punk/ new-wave bands with similar up-beat and edgy lyricism.

This has had a great influence on his song-writing, with tracks such as Chest Line Mind and Fag Ends and Gos being crowd favourites.

Josh, however, was inspired by his Dad’s love of punk and mod-rock such as The Damned, The Who and The Jam. This led him to be fan of heavier bands such as Queens of the Stone Age and Metallica, both of whom have had a great impact on the way he performs live.

Inspiring the writing side of things are his idols Jack White and Alex Turner, leading him to concentrate on creating heavier, intricate melodies and riffs to fit into his songs; What’s Left being the best example of this.

Drummer Isis comes from a more classical background; getting into learning music through joining local brass band Shepherd Group. Now playing with all of York’s main orchestras as well, Isis loves the chance she gets to let loose within The Filthy Piece.

More talent

With nearly 500 likes on their Facebook page the band already have a large internet following. They’ve also been one of the first booked for a slot in the highly-competitive 30 Years of Mor Festival (the Fulford Arms, May 24) and at the main stage at the Bishopthorpe Road Street Party (May 2).

While TFP are heading up the night, they aren’t the only home-grown teen-talent that will be on display. Opening up the evening with their mellow soft-rock/ alternative style is Little Resistance, who recently were awarded second place at the prestigious AMP Awards.

Second on will be the band formed of two brothers and two cousins, rockers The Black Lagoons, whose new single Run Faster was played on BBC Introducing only the other week. Then, making their return to The Duchess after their own recent headliner, will be Dos Cervezas.