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Baker Island are a band from Newcastle who make indie-noise-pop like “the fuzzy love child of Pavement and Pixies” (NARC).  Starting in 2013, initially as a recording project of Sean Dodds - with help from a collective of people including Chris McManus from Pure Graft and Jonny Helm from The Wave Pictures – they eventually became a live band comprising Sean (guitar and vocals), Kev Raijah (guitar), Cathy Russell (bass), Chris Perriman (keys) and Matt Hayward (drums). Never a joyous moment lyrically, each song, however, tries to outdo itself in how many hooks it can fit into each section, as if a prog-rock songwriter has just discovered that pop songs can sometimes be just as worthwhile.

Debut single 'You Are A Cathedral' and follow up ‘Spanish Trails' were played on BBC 6 Music by Gideon Coe and Tom Ravenscroft, followed by the album Bobby Hundreds, "an LP filled with gloriously wonky-pop tunes" (NARC) in August 2015. The band performed at Indietracks Festival 2015, Newcastle's Evolution Emerging Festival 2016, and alongside Jeffrey Lewis, Chorusgirl, Dignan Porch, Allo Darlin', Witching Waves, The Wave Pictures and The Lovely Eggs. Cassette EP 'Four Days In The Life Of The Auto-Icon', released on California's Wiener Records at the beginning of 2016, received airplay on Radio 1 (Huw Stephens) and BBC 6 Music (Steve Lamacq, Tom Ravenscroft and Gideon Coe).  Latest single 'Demolishing The Fourth Wall', released on EDILS Records in September 2016, continues the bands perfect blend of fuzz and indie-pop, and received airplay again from Gideon Coe and Steve Lamacq and BBC Introducing. A second album, 'Restless Legs', is due to be released on Philophobia Music on 25th August 2017 - full of more slack, upbeat misery.

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Baker Island are a band from Newcastle who make indie-noise-pop like “the fuzzy love child of Pavement and Pixies” (NARC).  Starting in 2013, initially as a recording project of Sean Dodds - with help from a collective of people including Chris McManus from Pure Graft and Jonny Helm from The Wave Pictures – they eventually became a live band comprising Sean (guitar and vocals), Kev Raijah (guitar), Cathy Russell (bass), Chris Perriman (keys) and Matt Hayward (drums). Never a joyous moment lyrically, each song, however, tries to outdo itself in how many hooks it can fit into each section, as if a prog-rock songwriter has just discovered tha...

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Baker Island on Tour

  • 25 | 08 | 2017 Wharf Chambers, Leeds One Day After School, Baker Island, YOI

Past Gigs Baker Island

  • 08 | 2017 Crux, Wakefield Philophobia Birthday
  • 05 | 2017 The Tyne Bar, Newcastle Baker Island, O Captain, My Captain, Ladies & Gentlemen of the Canyon
  • 04 | 2017 The Alma Inn, Bolton SGFW Up North
  • 04 | 2017 The Tyne, Newcastle Twist Helix / Baker Island / Tchotchke
  • 04 | 2017 Brock N Broll HQ, Chorley Then Thickens, Sun Drift, Baker Island
  • 04 | 2017 The Alma Inn, Bolton Safe Gigs For Women Up North
  • 02 | 2017 The Cluny, Newcastle Menace Beach / Baker Island / Dose
  • 02 | 2017 Empty Shop, Durham Baker Island / Pet Crow / Pale Kids
  • 01 | 2017 The Central, Gateshead Baker Island, E'Spaniel, Outside Your House
  • 12 | 2016 The Head of Steam, Newcastle Mouses / Baker Island
  • 12 | 2016 Arch 16, Gateshead Transfigure / Jazz Riot / Baker Island / Velvoir / Mausoleums / Ghost//Signals
  • 11 | 2016 The Cumberland Arms, Newcastle Ten Sticks / Cheap Lunch / Baker Island
  • 11 | 2016 The Alma Inn, Bolton Stocker/Eyes / Sprinters / Baker Island / Ivan Campo
  • 10 | 2016 The Victoria, London Slushy Guts / Baker Island / Ice Baths
  • 10 | 2016 Cluny 2 Public Access TV / Baker Island / Slurs
  • 08 | 2016 Cluny 2, Newcastle Witching Waves / Crumbs / Tough Tits / Baker Island
  • 08 | 2016 Pop Recs Ltd, Sunderland Garden Centre / Rice Milk / Baker Island
  • 08 | 2016 The Head Of Steam, Newcastle Vito / Smokin' Trace / Baker Island / Canyons
  • 08 | 2016 The Soundroom, Gateshead Baker Island
  • 08 | 2016 The Cluny, Newcastle Gun Outfit / Canyons / Baker Island
  • 06 | 2016 Maguires Pizza Bar, Liverpool Fuss / Dusst / Baker Island / Oh Well, Goodbye
  • 06 | 2016 Brock N Broll HQ, Chorley Oh Well, Goodbye / Baker Island
  • 06 | 2016 Little Buildings, Newcastle upon Tyne Oh Well, Goodbye / Baker Island / Rushers Of Din
  • 06 | 2016 The Royal Tavern, Blyth Baker Island
  • 06 | 2016 The Schooner, Gateshead Bear Trade / Mansions of Glory / Baker Island / Cheap Lunch
  • 05 | 2016 The Cumberland Arms, Newcastle upon Tyne Evolution Emerging 2016
  • 04 | 2016 Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne The Canny Fringe Festival
  • 04 | 2016 The Dog & Parrot, Newcastle upon Tyne Forever Cult / Baker Island / Tough Tits
  • 04 | 2016 The Cumberland Arms, Newcastle upon Tyne The Lovely Eggs, Baker Island
  • 04 | 2016 RPM Music, Newcastle Upon Tyne Record Store Day In-Store
  • 04 | 2016 The Northumberland Arms, Newcastle upon Tyne Fvnerals / Dystopian Future Movies / Baker Island / Fractions
  • 03 | 2016 Little Buildings, Newcastle upon Tyne Slowcoaches / Mouses / Baker Island / Calf
  • 02 | 2016 The Cumberland Arms, Newcastle upon Tyne The Wave Pictures, Baker Island
  • 02 | 2016 The Cumberland Arms, Newcastle upon Tyne Baker Island, E'Spaniel, Caroline Mary
  • 12 | 2015 The Cluny, Newcastle upon Tyne Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts, No Ditching, Baker Island
  • 12 | 2015 The Head Of Steam, Newcastle upon Tyne Witching Waves, Rattle, Baker Island
  • 11 | 2015 Rocking Horse Rehearsal Rooms, Durham Massa Confusa Presents...
  • 11 | 2015 The Head Of Steam, Newcastle upon Tyne Dignan Porch, Rice Milk, Baker Island
  • 11 | 2015 Stadium Of Light, Sunderland North East Vegan Festival 2015
  • 10 | 2015 The Cumberland Arms, Newcastle upon Tyne Endless Window presents...
  • 08 | 2015 The Maze, Nottingham Chorusgirl, Baker Island
  • 08 | 2015 Surf Cafe, Tynemouth Baker Island
  • 08 | 2015 Cluny 2, Newcastle upon Tyne Little Buildings Presents...
  • 07 | 2015 Midland Railway Centre, Ripley Indietracks Festival 2015
  • 05 | 2015 Henry's Cellar Bar, Edinburgh The Thyme Machine / Bubblegum Lemonade / Baker Island / The Just Joans
  • 04 | 2015 The Head of Steam, Newcastle upon Tyne Witching Waves / Baker Island / Rice Milk
  • 02 | 2015 The Central, Gateshead Apache Viking / Baker Island / Rushers Of Din / The Artisans
  • 02 | 2015 Spanky Van Dykes, Nottingham The Wave Pictures / The Understudies / Baker Island
  • 12 | 2014 The Head of Steam, Newcastle upon Tyne Out of the Trees X Launch Party: Tyrannosaurus Dead / Skull Puppies / Baker Island / Rushers Of Din
  • 11 | 2014 The Star & Shadow Cinema, Newcastle upon Tyne Allo Darlin' / Making Marks / Baker Island
  • 08 | 2014 The Cluny 2, Newcastle upon Tyne Laura J Martin / Baker Island / Witch Hands
  • 12 | 2013 Memorial Hall, Warkworth Out of the Trees IX: Sky Larkin / Rivals / Ajimal / Something / Baker Island / Pale Man Made
  • 11 | 2013 Quilliam Brothers Tea House, Newcastle upon Tyne Baker Island
  • 10 | 2013 The Cluny 2, Newcastle upon Tyne The Flatmates / Pale Man Made / Baker Island
  • 05 | 2013 The Fishtank, Durham Baker Island

Discography Baker Island

  • 2016 Demolishing The Fourth Wall Single | Edils Records
  • 2016 Our Chef Went To Mexico EP | Stay Critical Or Die Recordings
  • 2016 Four Days In The Life Of The Auto-Icon EP | Wiener Records
  • 2015 Spanish Trails Single | Stay Critical Or Die Recordings
  • 2015 Bobby Hundreds Album | Stay Critical Or Die Recordings
  • 2014 You Are A Cathedral Single | Stay Critical Or Die Recordings

Media

  • Sound Demolishing The Fourth Wall
  • Sound Write Home
  • Sound You Are A Cathedral
  • Video Baker Island - Demolishing ...

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Origin

  • Newcastle upon Tyne GB

Founded

  • 2012

Members

  • Sean Dodds vocals, guitar
  • Kev Rajiah guitar
  • Chris Perriman keys, vocals
  • Cathy Russell bass
  • Matt Hayward drums

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