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Creative Spotlight

Every artists has a story. A story about when they fell in love with music. Their personal life story, no one else knows. Remember that song by that artist that completely "turned you out?" into a fan of music and you couldn't live a day without listening to one of their songs? 

For us, we fell in love all again with music when we heard these guys.

In the first installment of our Creative Spotlight series we are beyond excited to present The Horse Puppetts (formerly the Retrosettes). Each month, we will spotlight an artist, band or composer we represent. 

Meet The Horse Puppets.

"The Horse Puppets are a 7 piece band led by singers Paul and Helen Bytheway, a musical married couple from Manchester.  Previously the Bytheways were in ‘The Retrosettes’ band who back in 2016 had a simple Youtube clip online that was seen by Italian film director Paolo Sorrentino.  He then booked the band to feature in the opening scene of his film 'Youth', joining Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel in the first shots of the movie. Their version of Candi Staton's 'You Got The Love' became the title track of the film.

Due to the popularity of the film in Europe The Retrosettes then toured with the likes of Simply Red and went on to release an album through Universal Germany and Live Nation.  In 2019 they appeared on stage with a hundred strong orchestra to a sell out show in Paris whilst working with French film composer Vladimir Cosma.
The Horse Puppets have recently released their debut album (during lockdown in 2020) which was produced in their own purpose built recording studio.  The album is called ‘Sorry For The Inconvenience’. "

Thanks to a ‘borrow board’ behind the scenes of The Invisible Wind Factory, Liverpool, a Horse Puppet that should have been returned by ‘Molly’ 2 weeks before gave the band a new name.  A good job really as the previous suggestion of ‘The Suitcase 17’ was vetoed by Tommy’s missus who said it sounded like a front page headline for a murder in the 60’s.

The 5 piece band from Manchester, soon grew into a 6 piece, then a 7 piece as more instruments and sounds were added in recording their debut album.  ‘Sorry For The Inconvenience’ was recorded at Paul and Helen’s home studio in Manchester.  

Paul has been thrown in at the deep end with sound production, and with the help of some local engineers (and Andrzej’s bionic ears, which are both pitch and frequency perfect!!) he has produced the whole album himself.  This has allowed the band to retain a raw and uncoloured sound. All of the music was recorded live (with vocals afterwards) with all the band squeezed into the small room together with no headphones, no glass dividers, a large dog, and most importantly,  a real band sound.

The band have a hybrid indie sound like the more ambient side of The Black Keys or The Arctic Monkeys, mixed with country pedal steel guitar, violin, double bass, electronic synths and large vocal harmonies.

Catch the band playing live during the lockdown 

“Love that whole swampy Dr John/Alabama 3 groove thing” - Tom Robinson, Fresh on the net & BBC 6 music

“One of those line ups you wouldn’t have seen 10 years ago…..very organic…they’re great to listen to” - Mike Sweeney,  BBC Radio Manchester

“… a smooth and atmospheric indie-rock groove, with hints of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds” - Mystic Sons Blog

"Caught You Out’ is a spare and understated and considered indie tune with hints of Pulp and a dash of country. Low-key, reflective and delivered with a beguiling lightness of touch, its appeal is hard to ignore.” Whisperinandhollerin blog

We are very proud to be working with The Horse Puppets and so excited about their future projects we can hardly contain it.

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