Dorset punk ’n’ rollers Savage Underdogs are on their way to Lighthouse having won this month’s Sticky Wicket Showcase at The Cricketers in Wimborne.

The self-styled “defenders of guild socialism and the honest values of the working class” toiled their way to the title seeing off competition from Becoming Branches, Phil Smith and The Vixens. Now they can look forward to enjoying the fruit of their labours – a prized slot at the December edition of Live & Unheard, the monthly unsigned music showcase hosted by Lighthouse and curated by Hangover Hill, the Bournemouth-based studio and music hub.

“It’s a highlight for sure,” says a band spokesperson. “The talent that took part was exceptional. When we succeeded in getting through the semi-finals that was one achievement, but to be victorious in the final was unexpected as we all had equal opportunity to win.”

The band draw on a range of influences from the tribulations of Johnny Cash and Bruce Springsteen’s blue-collar perspective to the folk-stained rabble rousing of the early Pogues and the renegade alt-country blast of Mike Ness, all combined with their fidelity to original punk credentials.

Savage Underdogs will be on the Live & Unheard bill at Lighthouse on Wednesday 4 December.

Published 19 August 2019