DAVE HALL – VOCALS
Dave watched an early Blacksocks gig in 2007 and decided they needed a singer -
He has spent a lifetime searching out obscure bands in equally obscure locations -
Is equally at home whether fronting the band in community arts centres, back rooms of pubs or outdoor festivals -
Along with Len Forbes (Rhythm Guitar) he is co-
To see the video of Dave’s 2015 Leeds College of Music showcase -
LEN FORBES – RHYTHM GUITAR
Back in 2005 Len saw a mad Minorcan called Xec nervously murder a Stones song at a coffee shop charity gig and thought “I could do that!”
After purchasing a cheap Mandolin Len pestered Xec to teach him all he knew. All that turned out to be was a collection of Ramones songs played with three chords!
With the visit of Lluis, another Minorcan, and Lens contribution of a Clapton song (Wonderful Tonight) -
After the addition of a singer (Dave) and the loss of a guitarist he took on a new role as a rhythm man -
DERYK ISHERWOOD -
I began playing the drums at about the age of 16 with all and sundry saying -
Eventually I accidentally retired from playing for several years when my day job became my night job!
In 2011 I ran into the Blacksocks and was persuaded, ney forced, to pick up the sticks again.
I’ve been with them ever since but secretly I sometimes wear other coloured socks. Don’t tell the others!
ANTONIO MARTINEZ ARBOLEDA -
It is the end of 2007 and I am told to stop singing. What am I to do? Music is in me and my family. I used to sing in the Perez Casas Choir in Spain and my mum was a singer.
Then in early 2008 my Blacksocks friends ask me to learn the guitar with them and I quickly learnt a few tunes. A few months later, in summer 2008, our friends the Barcelona Blacksocks came to Leeds for a joint concert. When rehearsing I realised that as guitarist number five my effect will not be much.
But I had an idea, if I borrowed a bass I could then add depth to our music -
I have very eclectic taste when it comes to listening to music. I only listen to fast-
PETE DENTON -
Pete played with the Blacksocks for around a year when, in 2011, we first asked him to sit in for a gig we we’re doing at Seven Arts in Leeds ... he’s now a hostage!
He’s played in numerous bands in lots of styles from acoustic Americana to Rock & Roll around Leeds and London for a number of years.
You’ll see and hear his experience especially if he plays his 1952 Gibson Gold Top -
His arty day job helps to influence the surreal soundscapes the Blacksocks generate.