The Calder Valley, West Yorkshire is a veritable hotbed of talented new artists. So when a well-loved venue runs into financial difficulties, local bands rally to help. Working Men’s Club and W H Lung have contributed exclusive tracks to help the Golden Lion in Todmorden.
Yes, Todmorden’s The Golden Lion has set up its own label called Golden Lion Sounds in order to raise funds to secure its future. A 7‑inch is the label’s launch record, with other artists such as Jarvis Cocker, David Holmes, Jane Weaver and Goa Express on board. The first EP features vinyl exclusives Working Men’s Club ‘John Cooper Clarke (Stephen Mallinder & Benge ‘Conspiracy’ mix) and W.H. Lung (‘Symmetry’ edit)
The Golden Lion has survived the area’s flash floods, and last year had a run-in with Calderdale Council for painting the building yellow in preparation for the Tour de Yorkshire. The pub’s team have been instrumental in looking after the town by providing socially distanced takeaway food during lockdown. Despite the current problems, manager Gig Matthanee is optimistic they can get back on their feet.
“After I had chat with friend Andrew Meecham a well-known name who’s hung out at The Golden Lion, DJ-ed and performed live as The Emperor Machine and Bizarre Inc, I was inspired to set up the venue’s very own independent record label Golden Lion Sounds”, says Gig.
The specialist record label plans to release a bi-monthly series of exclusive seven inch vinyl records, all limited and numbered featuring musicians and DJs who have played live or DJ-ed at The Golden Lion since its inception. So far Working Men’s Club, Goa Express, W H Lung, The Lounge Society, David Holmes, Jarvis Cocker, The Emperor Machine, Jane Weaver, Andy Votel, Crazy P, Nucleus Roots, Zion Train have all contributed tracks which will be mastered by local solo artist and engineer Andrew Liles.
The Golden Lion has also launched a range of exclusive merchandise including T‑shirts, Sweatshirts & Totes designed by underground artist Wall-Russ a Dutch-Belgium designer based in Amsterdam & Bom Seo aka Bom Carrot illustrator, artist and singer from Korea.
So do please dig deep and help the Golden Lion with this 7‑in beauty or any other gorgeous merch on their website.
Lead photo: Andrew Weatherall outside the Golden Lion ©David Croft
Todmorden photo © Richard Fowler