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Under Dogz doing it for themselves - punk ethic alive and well in Wakefield

Under-dogz Records. New punk rock record label set up in Wakefield by Jamie Sirman (R) and Phil Howcroft (L).
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Under-dogz Records. New punk rock record label set up in Wakefield by Jamie Sirman (R) and Phil Howcroft (L). w320a411

Punk is alive and well in Wakefield as the city’s punk rock record label prepares its first album releases.

Under Dogz Records is an independent label and gig promotion company set up by Jamie Sirman and Phil Howcroft to showcase the sound and attitude of 1970s and 80s punk.

It will release the debut album from Hung Like Hanratty in July, followed by a new release from Wakefield act The Krayons later in the year.

Jamie, who is also a member of The Krayons, said the label is built on an independent, DIY approach to music.

When The Krayons had trouble getting gigs and promotion they decided to build from the ground up.

He said: “We started a fanzine and put out compilation CDs of other bands.

“Then we got a contract with Warehouse 23, which let us put on bigger bands like the UK Subs.

“Ticket sales make the gigs pay for themselves and any profit made goes back into the label.”

Jamie said political frustration and economic troubles many people had experienced in recent years meant it was a good time for punk to make a comeback.

He said: “There’s a lot going on to write songs about.”

Under Dogz Records releases will be on sale at the gigs the label stages, online and at Wah Wah Records in Wakefield.

The next gig, which will be headlined by The Varukers, will take place at Warehouse 23 on April 20.

 

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