The Calder Valley has built up an extraordinary reputation of being a cradle of musical talent with The Orielles, Working Men’s Club, The Lounge Society and many more emerging from its atmospheric, intense and brooding landscape. And recently the unique folk music of Trevor Beale was discovered, testament to local creative talent harking back to the 1970s.
Recently formed are a new band from Todmorden called Callis. The name is taken from Callis Wood, between Hebden Bridge and Tod, and is represented in their debut track’s artwork. Dean Molyneux (lead vocals, guitar), Bryn Davies (backing vocals, bass) and Tyler Hanley (drums) originate from a series of alternative music projects and their approach befits the Calder Valley’s countercultural legacy.
They bring, in their words, “a new valley sound”, and create “the astral voice poeticising the terrestrial world.”
Callis’ fresh debut single Dramaskin, is out now, and was recorded at Holy Mountain Studios in Hackney, London. The song shifts between jangly psychedelic territory in which the guitar feels almost early Orielles in its tone, and a more heavy and doomy place with hints of BJM. There is light and dark. It’s a well-paced and, indeed, dramatic number, with a degree of distortion that enhances its mystical quality. The band says that “Dramaskin is influenced by an enigmatic hinterland and captures a curious chemistry within the band.” Writing is a collaborative effort: “We’ve each got our own inspirations, from electronic music and brighter sounds to even doom and dark-wave.”
Callis have a full set of material ready for the live performances – check out gigs below:
The Golden Lion, Todmorden, Saturday 25th March
Hope and Anchor, Islington, April 7th, Headline Show