Bass player returns to home town

Indie/rock trio FloodHounds makes its Shrewsbury debut next month as one of its members returning to his home town.

Fresh from being awarded a four-night summer residency at the famous Troubadour club in London, not to mention a host of festival appearances up and down the country, the band is heading to the county town to play at Albert's Shed on July 15.

It co-incides with the release of the new single/video Wide Awake

"We can't wait to play in Shrewsbury," said bassist Rhys Owen as he prepares to take to the stage in his home town for the first time.

Rhys, who performs alongside lead singer and guitarist Jack Flynn and drummer Lauren Greaves in the Sheffield-based band, is a former pupil of St Giles, St Georges and Priory schools in Shrewsbury, as well as Shrewsbury Sixth Form College.

He played football locally for SAHA Juniors - in the same team as England goalkeeper Joe Hart - and later for Cruckton Rovers in the Shrewsbury Sunday League.

"We've heard great things about the music nights at Albert's Shed and I'm hoping to see a few old faces there," he said.

He said it was exciting times for FloodHounds, whose summer residency at London's Troubadour is underway following a hugely successful first show at the venue in February.

"It's quite amazing to be asked to return to such a historic venue which has hosted the likes of Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Paul Simon, Elvis Costello, Adele and Ed Sheeran," says Rhys.

The band is hitting the festival trail this summer, appearing at the Front Row Festival in Oxfordshire on July 1, the Blackthorn Festival near Manchester July 21-23, Tramlines in Sheffield that same weekend and the English Rain Takeover event, also in Sheffield, in August.

"Our new single and video is getting lots of great reviews too, which we're so grateful for, and we're looking forward hugely to our first Shrewsbury show," adds Rhys.

For more FloodHounds information, music, videos and reviews, go to www.floodhounds.com.

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