Ain’t nothing but a hound dog

Andy Unsworth and Carolyn Walsh from The Atomic Hound Dog

Andy Unsworth and Carolyn Walsh from The Atomic Hound Dog

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A POPULAR Wigan band has re-formed after a seven-year absence from the town’s music scene.

Six-piece The Atomic Hound Dog, who supported fellow Wiganers Witness on their homecoming gig at the Mill at the Pier in 2002 and opened for the likes of Inspiral Carpets front man Tom Hingley before splitting in 2005, are celebrating a decade since their first release by getting back together.

The re-formed group, which is entirely made up of original members and reunites vocalists Andy Unsworth and Carolyn Walsh for the first time since 2004, will take to the stage at The Boulevard on November 23.

The Atomic Hound Dog will play to mark 10 years since their debut album Twelve was released, and vocalist Andy says he cannot wait to play live for Wigan’s music fans again.

He said: “This seemed like the right time to do it once the anniversary came up. We started talking and got back in the rehearsal space at Urban Sounds where we used to practice and it just clicked.

“It was weird how it felt like we had only seen each other a month ago and not years. Old band politics have been shelved and we just had fun.

“It took a few weeks to get up to speed, but now it’s sounding better than ever and we can’t wait to play.”

The Atomic Hound Dog’s music attracted plenty of acclaim prior to their split, with positive reviews from national radio DJs and being offered a live slot on Wish FM to play their song Keep Breaking Your Own Heart, the first unsigned band to be given such a platform.

However, vocalist Carolyn has promised fans the night at The Boulevard, which is being organised by Davestock Promotions, will not just be about nostalgia.

She said: “At one point it seemed that half of Wigan ahd a copy of “Twelve” or one of the E.P’s and the night will mainly focus on songs from the album obviously, but there will also be some newer songs in their too which we can’t wait for people to hear.”

The Atomic Hound Dog will play The Boulevard on Friday, November 23, with support from Inside View and Icepops for Breakfast.

The gig begins at 8.30pm, and entry is free. For more information visit www.facebook.com/TheAtomicHoundDog