CAPE CUB | JOYYA | 29.10.2018 | The Cluny | REVIEW and PHOTOS

CAPE CUB | JOYYA | 29.10.2018 | The Cluny | REVIEW and PHOTOS

Cape Cub and Joyya – 29th October 2018 – The Cluny

By Victoria Wai (Victoria Wai)

It felt like a triple headliner with this gig as Shamu bought in heavy synth-rock sounds then contrasting with their electro-pop were duo Joyya and contrasting yet again was headliners Cape Cub bringing dream-pop to a packed out Cluny.

I have seen Cape Cub a few times now and each time they just seem to get bigger – and that’s not only in crowd numbers but also in the whole production. Before they started the crowd was ecstatic and to add to the intensity the house lights go a deep blue as Chad and the band echo with Keep Me In Mind then into their latest single Moonglow. Every song delivered is catchy. Watching the band interact on stage, coupled with the light show it felt euphoric. It did not feel like we were in this intimate space of The Cluny.

I believe I have said this before but Cape Cub are definitely made for bigger venues so catch them in these small ones while you can. They always play with such conviction and their interaction with the audience whether if it is through personal shout-outs or just in the feel of their lyrics is something to be witnessed. They end with their biggest hit to date, Flowers, and although you want more (and there were chants from the whole room for more) they always seem to end the show on the perfect high, that even if they didn’t come back, you are left knowing that you got the value of true musicianship. 

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THE TWILIGHT SAD | 10.11.2018 | Paris Point Ephémère | TOUR DIARY

THE TWILIGHT SAD | 10.11.2018 | Paris Point Ephémère | TOUR DIARY

The Twilight Sad – 10th November 2018 – Paris Point Ephémère – Tour diary part 1

Feature by Sarah Sarti

When you walk to the Glasgow bus station in the middle of the night and you see two foxes playing in a small garden unconcerned by the pouring rain or you, you know it’s gonna be a great weekend. This morning my destination is Paris, where l am gonna spend a weekend with a friend and on Saturday night The Twilight Sad will play the first gig of the European promo tour for the new album.

Paris welcomes us with a lovely sunny day, so what do you apart from strolling along Canal St.Martin? Look for a crepe, obviously! There is time for a quick mint tea at the beautiful Mosque and a walk in the Jardin Des Plantes while the sun is going down. In the evening we go to the Musee Du Luxembourg where there is a Mucha exhibition we both long for: the rooms are packed but the beauty of these painting will stay with me for a long time. We have dinner then head to the hotel, the day has been long and we need our beauty sleep.

Saturday is Sad day, so the sun is gone and an almost Scottish rain lashes the whole city! Our mission this morning is to visit Montmartre and the Sacre Coeur: the place is so charming that it cannot be spoiled, not even by the constant river of tourists. We have a walk in the less busy part of the area, there is a small vineyard and a beautiful cemetery, called Saint Vincent, where a lot of graves are covered with ivy in a million of autumnal colours, really enchanting. We sit for lunch and a coffee for a while, and in the meantime, the rain stops: we also manage to pretend we are not so excited about the gig tonight, so we have a look at a small art gallery called Les Douches where there is a photographic exhibition by Aaron Suskind.

We go to the venue at 7pm and there are already some people queuing, looks like our “secret” band is not so secret anymore, and this is a very good news because The Twilight Sad deserve to be known and loved by a wider audience.

The show is sold out and when Michael Timmons goes onstage the venue is already packed: this intimate and elegant songwriter is playing for the first time in Europe and will open all gigs on the tour. He holds our interest with a handful of songs from his debut album “Bone Coloured” and l am happy to say the audience listens in silence and pays the right attention.

The Twilight Sad…oh, well, this is the hard part, right? Because l am supposed to sound unbiased but this band live is so amazing, so powerful and so emotional that is impossible not to be enthusiastic. The audience gets on fire as they open with There’s a Girl In The Corner, then we are introduced to some new songs: it’s the first time l hear I’m Not Here and they nail it, delivering an immense version. The Arbor and Vtr are on the setlist as well, the second being already one of the hardcore fans favourites. The rest of the show is a collection of songs that we should call “classics” already, from “The Wrong car” to Cold Days From The Birdhouse, but the most touching moment is without a doubt is the Frightened Rabbit cover Keep Yourself Warm, a song that never fails to move everyone.

As usual they play no encore and when the lights turn on, here we are, a bunch of miserable souls with our ears buzzing and our hearts full. It’s been said before but really, do yourself a favour and go to see these guys playing.

REEL BIG FISH | 06.11.2018 | Newcastle O2 Academy | PHOTOS

REEL BIG FISH | 06.11.2018 | Newcastle O2 Academy | PHOTOS

Reel Big Fish – 6th November 2018 – Newcastle O2 Academy

By Kevin Burdon (Kevin Burdon Photography)

Reel Big Fish returned to Newcastle O2 Academy with Less than Jake. Kevin Burdon was there to capture it!

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KOLARS | 02.11.2018 | Newcastle Head of Steam | REVIEW and PHOTOS

KOLARS | 02.11.2018 | Newcastle Head of Steam | REVIEW and PHOTOS

Kolars – 2nd November 2018 – Newcastle Head of Steam

By Victoria Wai (Victoria Wai)

‘She dances on the drums!’ I actually knew nothing more than this of Kolars when I heard of them back in May but unfortunately could not see them. This played on my mind since then so when I saw they were in town when I was I just knew I had to see them. I played their debut self-titled album on the run-up to the show and got more and more excited and to secure a photo pass for the show was an extra bonus. 

Showtime came and the excitement went up to 12! Kolars have a strong following and every space on the floor was filled. The intensity of their music overtook my finger clicking on the shutter of my camera. I wanted to capture that excitement the best I could. Lauren and Rob played with such intensity and such passion. It was hard not to get caught up with every second.

While Lauren tap danced and banged those drums, Rob duetted with some members of the crowd and even got into the crowd. It was one big party and it was a wonder how Lauren and Rob kept up the energy while we were watching in awe of their energy. Kolars are infectious not only on the ear but also visually and a whole new experience is brought to life having their desert disco, glam-a-billy and space blues around, no matter if it is your first time or your twentieth time seeing them play live. 

If ‘dancing on the drums,’ is enough to get you to see Kolars then put them in your list of ‘100 things to do before you die,’ or even if you just saw that Kolars are playing, you should prioritise them as they are not to be missed now that you have read it here. 

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CARL STACEY PROJECT | 30.10.2018 | Newcastle Trillians | PHOTOS

CARL STACEY PROJECT | 30.10.2018 | Newcastle Trillians | PHOTOS

Carl Stacey Project – 30th October 2018 – Newcastle Trillians

Feature by Graeme J. Baty

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LORD HURON | MALENA ZAVALA | 28.10.2018 | Gateshead Sage | REVIEW and PHOTOS

LORD HURON | MALENA ZAVALA | 28.10.2018 | Gateshead Sage | REVIEW and PHOTOS

Lord Huron and Malena Zavala – 28th October 2018 – Gateshead Sage

By Victoria Wai (Victoria Wai)

I’m not going to lie, I attended this show as soon as I saw Malena Zavala as the support. She came to my attention when I was seeing another band play at the Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen last August and she blew me away with her hypnotic sounds of dreamy vocals and extended instrumentals. I also caught her at Hit The North and The Great Escape earlier in the year with a bigger band and on this night she was stripped back to a three-piece band who we were told had only been like that a few weeks prior and it felt tight. The whole set was stunning and they had captured the hearts of those in attendance.

Onto the main act, Lord Huron. If it wasn’t for Malena, this band would have slipped through my hands, so thank you Malena! I was pretty much blown away and caught up with the energy of the standing area of Hall One. They filled up Hall One with intense energy with their Indie Rock sounds tinged with blues. Lead singer Ben Schneider moved freely when he could cross from one side of the stage to the other and sometimes losing his hat through the sheer passion in his performance.

You could feel this passion in the other members too but they were more stuck into their positions. And if lights are your thing when you go to gigs then a Lord Huron show will not let you down as it was one of the most spectacular light shows I have seen and with the added smoke it added to the intensity of one of the most stunning shows I have seen in this venue – from support act to main act – this night had it all. If you were like me and this was your first experience of Lord Huron or if you have yet to experience Lord Huron, take it from me, you will NOT be disappointed both musically and visually.

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LESS THAN JAKE | 06.11.2018 | Newcastle O2 Academy | PHOTOS

LESS THAN JAKE | 06.11.2018 | Newcastle O2 Academy | PHOTOS

Less Than Jake – 6th November 2018 – Newcastle O2 Academy

By Kevin Burdon (Kevin Burdon Photography)

Less than Jake returned to Newcastle O2 Academy with Reel Big Fish. Kevin Burdon was there to capture it!

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ZEBRAHEAD | 06.11.2018 | Newcastle O2 Academy | PHOTOS

ZEBRAHEAD | 06.11.2018 | Newcastle O2 Academy | PHOTOS

Zebrahead – 6th November 2018 – Newcastle O2 Academy

By Kevin Burdon (Kevin Burdon Photography)

Orange County legends Zebrahead hit the Academy on tour with Reel Big Fish and Less Than Jake. Full photo gallery by Kevin Burdon!

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