RED FANG | TORCHE | GOD DAMN – October 2016 – Newcastle Riverside – REVIEW and PHOTOS

Red Fang, Torche and God Damn – 4th October 2016 – Newcastle Riverside, UK

Every now and again a show is announced and you have to rub your eyes in disbelief. This gig was one of those. I’d cut off various body parts to see Torche. Now Torche and Red Fang, that’s a pairing of epic proportions. Throw in hyped live band God Damn and you’ve got a canny recipe for a class night out.

God Damn

I saw this energetic duo in the Cluny back in early 2015, at the time they were unknown to me. Easily brushed off as just another 2 piece garage rock band as they launched into their first song. Towards the end of the set I was eating those words. Powerful, enticing and undeniably God Damn fun! So I made sure I was in the venue in time for their opening slot.

In just over a year they’ve become a live favourite in venues and festivals around the country. Tonight was no different. They prove worthy of the support slot. Although on paper they’re a different kettle of fish, they made a remarkable opener and blasted the cobwebs away.

They’ve gained another member since I last saw them. The dynamic change is clearly noticeable. They have a pounding and meandering set, fulfilling and crowd pleasing. A band to watch, they’re nearly there, stage show is great yet songs don’t quite engage, big things await them.

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A bucketlist band for me. One I can admit to being very excited to see and photo. I’d never have thought I’d see them in Newcastle, let alone in my fave venue in my hometown

Dreams can come true. I entered the photopit as the band came on stage. No one else here. Nice. Free reign and I enjoyed it immensely!

They open with Grenades, a setlist staple for them and a canny introduction for those who are unfamiliar. Delightful odd time signatures and catchy riffs can make head bobbing a challenge for the average gig goer. Two songs in and things get intense with the fury of ‘In Return’. ‘Across the Shields’ hooky swagger brings a huge smile to my face. Minions slows it down with it’s poppy bulk, it wouldn’t feel out of place on a Nirvana or Tad album.

They didn’t disappoint. In fact I’d say exceeded. I wasn’t expecting a full set, but that is (near enough) what we got. 45 minutes of solid tunes. I felt satisfied, the setlist giving such a great career panning set alongside crowd favourites. I suspect they’ll have picked up a few fans this evening. They are fucking marvellous.

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Red Fang

Back with new album ‘Only Ghosts’ possibly their most accessible album to date, proving that they deserve their dedicated fanbase.

I must admit to a surreal feeling, swarming my brain like a dose of fuzzy anxiety. Here I am about to photo Red Fang in my hometown. Crazy, the good kind of crazy of course.

A heavy riff blugeon from stacks of Sunn amps is the only way to follow Torche. They huddle around the drum kit shaking each other’s hands,  giving a firm ‘let’s do this shit!’ message to the audience. And they deliver, boy to they deliver

As with Torche they’ve escaped the mainstream attention, bubbling along to the beat of their own drum, does it matter that they aren’t playing arenas? To me, no, for them, I don’t know they seem utterly content on stage. One thing I do know is that they have the songs and the performing skills to do so. Yet selfishly I am ecstatic I can see this band up close in my favourite venue in the city.   

By this point in the evening, I am dazzled and swept away with the music. A fantastic night!

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