Sheffield teacher Joe Carnall is getting top marks for a different kind of Book Club - his own indie pop band, writes Graham Walker.
The 26-year-old Dinnington Comprehensive School history teacher by day and rock star by night is best know these days as the bass player with chart stars Reverend And The Makers.
But after their sold out tour and top 20 album, Thirty Two, he is back in the spotlight fronting The Book Club, with a homecoming gig at The Plug in Sheffield on Saturday, March 29.
Joe, lead singer, guitarist and keyboard player, is in studious company. Bass player Tom Colclough, 27, and drummer Alex Blake, 25, are teaching assistants at Notre Dame. Lead guitarist Pat Conwill, 26, is a doctor.
VIDEO: Press the play button to watch The Book Club’s official live video for Go Now, filmed at a sell-out gig at Sheffield’s Leadmill last year.
PHOTO: The Book Club, left to right, Pat Conwill, Joe Carnall, Tom Colclough and Alex Blake. Photographer: Tim Cleasby at at The Picture Foundry www.thepicturefoundry.com.
Joe, a former member of Milburn - the band which inspired The Arctic Monkeys - formed The Book Club in 2009 and ex-Arctic Monkeys bassist Andy Nicholson was once a member.
The Sheffield gig and UK tour dates, which are selling out, will include a sneak peak of new material for their second, as yet untitled, album.
Joe said: “We’ve been working really hard these last few months on our new material and it has proved to be a bit of a change in direction for us.
“Now we’ve got the songs we’re happy with we just want to get out there and play them.”
Special guests are Life In Film.
Tickets for The Book Club’s Sheffield show at Plug are £5, may include a booking fee. They can be bought in person, call the Box Office on 0114 241 3040 or buy online at www.the-plug.com.
Tickets for The Cockpit in Leeds on April 12 have sold out. But the band will also play The Victoria, in Birmingham, on Saturday, April 19. For tickets see www.seetickets.com/artist/the-book-club/722519.
Also see The Star’s entertainments and listings site at www.wow247.co.uk.
Hear The Book Club’s interview and acoustic session with Christian Carlisle at BBC Radio Sheffield, for BBC Introducing, available until Saturday, March 29, at www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01t7vq9.
For more information visit the band’s official website at www.TheBookClubMusic.com.