This March, Cud will be playing two mammoth shows with Embrace and Starsailor.
To keep them on their toes, they’ll also be playing an intimate warm-up show for the Leeds Arena date at Hull’s New Adelphi Club on Friday, March 13, 2020. Rock solid support for this show comes from officially sanctioned Cud tribute band Carefree Sud (aka Carl and Mike form the band).
Emerging from the same art/design cauldron that produced fellow Leeds legends Soft Cell, Scritti Politti, and The Mekons, Cud were the pre-Britpop answer to doleful shoegazing bands – fun-loving, light-hearted, romantic and downright catchy.
Cud are indie rock for the unpretentious pleasure seeker, boasting as they do the rich deep-lunged voice of Carl Puttnam, edgy guitars of Mike Dunphy and tight, funky rhythm section of William Potter, bass and Gogs Byrn, drums.
Cud were initially lauded for their quirky Peel session cover of ‘You Sexy Thing’ in 1987. They soon built up a huge live following and buffed up their repertoire with a string of unstraight pop beauties, best exemplified by the 1990 album ‘Leggy Mambo’. This led to a major-label deal with A&M in 1991, front-page NME coverage, massive sellout gigs and proper Top 30 hits, ‘Rich and Strange’ and ‘Purple Love Balloon’.
Cud packed away their guitars and sticks in 1995 but, bolstered by a greatest hits anthology (‘Rich and Strange’) in 2006, they agreed to tread the boards again, with a further reunion following in 2012 (now with original guitarist and key songwriter Mike Dunphy) and they continue to find an army of ‘Space CUDets’ still eager to sing along, dance like fruitcakes and invade their stage.
Iconic live music venue. One of the UK's most celebrated underground clubs.