Cardiff’s prodigious, whimsical and wonderful modern psychedelicists” Adam Walton, BBC Radio
Houdini Dax are an enthralling, infectious and energetic live band who are paying their dues and are fast becoming one of Britain’s must see live acts. Recently added to the ‘This Is Now Agency’ roster (Public Service Broadcasting, Skinny Lister, Beans On Toast) Houdini Dax are in good company. ‘The Dax’ have created their own blend of rock n’ roll and are often described as a three headed musical beast because of their harmonising prowess and command over their instruments. Houdini Dax have been pumping out music on stereos and in clubs across the land with their ‘three-buttoned punk-funk with inch-perfect psych pop’.
Houdini Dax are Jack Butler, Owen Richards and David Newington. As a result of a tight friendship and musical kinship that started on the schoolyard in their home city of Cardiff they have a genuine and united passion for music. The life long school friends started making making music and composing original songs which blossomed into Houdini Dax. They soon embarked on an adventure that is has taken flight and is now on the ascent.
“With their three-buttoned punk-funk and inch-perfect psych pop they’re now quite the sight to behold as they whipped through a set that was tighter than an elephant in Speedos.” David Owens, Wales Online at Swn Festival 2014.
Houdini Dax have often been likened to the music of the fab four due to their infectious hooks and harmonies. Lead vocalist Jack has mentioned on a number of occasions that this is possibly the consequence of him discovering the ‘White Album’ whilst on a family holiday as a child and then playing the record endlessly and enthusing Owen and David of it’s brilliance. Other strong influences include The Beach Boys, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Supergrass, Tame Impala, Arctic Monkeys, 60ft Dolls, Racehorses and John Peel’s favourites, Murry The Hump.
Jon Robb editor of Louder Than War elaborated on their sound when Houdini Dax featured as the Louder Than War artist of the day “uplifting music and the songs have an inbuilt sing-along thing going on- they manage to walk the tightrope between art and populist and with a bit of luck could be massive.”