LOCAL heroes The Jar Family are gearing up for a return to the region next month after showing off their unique style to audiences across the country.
The band have had a busy 2014 so far, releasing a 10-minute behind-the-scenes documentary which went down well on social media sites and spending time on the road on a mini-tour.
Having packed out Hartlepool venue aVenue, in Lauder Street, back in March, the lads are looking to put on a similarly impressive showing when they take to the stage at the Princess Alice, in Newport Road, Middlesbrough, on June 20.
The band, made up of Hartlepool lads Max Bianco, Richie Docherty, Chris Hooks and ‘Dali’ as well as former Squeeze bassist Keith Wilkinson and Kez Edwards, will be supported by highly-rated town band Shoot the Poet in Middlesbrough and as a result a healthy turnout of town fans are expected to make the short trip down the A19.
The band’s manager Andy Nicholas said: “We’ve been really busy over the last couple of months, but that’s the way it has to be with these lads.
“They have been in the studio writing songs and recording stuff, with a single planned for later this year then a new album probably around the turn of the year.
“They’ve been on the road, going round Yorkshire and to Leicester, then once we get Middlesbrough out of the way there’s a date in Brighton and a set at Newcastle Racecourse at the end of June.
“Just in the last day or so, we have agreed to play at the Borough Hall for the Miles for Men event on September 26, and that’s a venue that is always popular for the lads.”
Andy added: “The feedback has been fantastic. The documentary got a great response, and the reaction to the live gigs has been great.
“I think people don’t know what to expect when they see an unusual dress style and the amount of guitars coming onto the stage.
“But once they start, people get it.
“The gigs have been great, but the lads are really looking forward to the Middlesbrough date. Shoot the Poet are good lads as well, they’re very highly thought of, so we’re expecting a good crowd from Hartlepool heading down there.
“We’ll see what the response is like, but if there’s enough interest then we’ll get a couple of buses on.”