MAVIS STAPLES | 13.07.18 | Boiler Shop Newcastle

MAVIS STAPLES | 13.07.18 | Boiler Shop Newcastle

Mavis Staples – 13th July 2018 – Boiler Shop Newcastle

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

During the first three songs, I had to stop taking photos and stand and just take in the fact I was in front of the legendary Mavis Staples and she was belting out Slippery People by Talking Heads as though it was her own and to be fair she smashed it! This was a night to savour and whilst the set did feature new songs from the latest album you still felt like you were totally familiar and at home with them all. I have to say I most impressed with how strong her voice still is. You expect a little wavering but nope not this lady she just hit everything spot on and effortlessly! Big shout to the band and backing singers too who were just brilliant.

After Take It Back Mavis explained that the song had been written for her by Benjamin Booker who had opened up the night earlier the mention of Ben’s name raised a large cheer Mavis then jammed the chorus of Bens’ Witness track which she guests on the album not realising Booker was side stage raising an even larger cheer she got Ben up and played the full track with her band just nailing it!

If You’re Ready, I’ll Take You There, Freedom Highway, talks of protest marches, Dr King, family, The Staples Singers etc gave the night a very very special feeling indeed! “A lot of love in the room” is often an overused phrase but not tonight! Love was most definitely in the air.

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BENJAMIN BOOKER | 13.07.18 | Boiler Shop Newcastle

BENJAMIN BOOKER | 13.07.18 | Boiler Shop Newcastle

Benjamin Booker – 13th July 2018 – Boiler Shop Newcastle

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

Benjamin was here opening for legend Mavis Staples on a few dates and certainly did not disappoint! Unlike the last time he was here, this is not a full band affair it’s just Benjamin and guitarist Sam Cohen (who also produced Benjamins’ last album Witness) but the power of the songs from his two albums was not lost.

He has such a sweet soft soulful voice yet standing far back from the mic it still fills the room with ease and by the time he airs title track Witness the crowd are totally on board. I loved the stripped back versions of the songs and seeing Benjamin so obviously buzzing being on the bill with Mavis Staples but hoping he comes back for a headliner spot soon.

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OH SEES | 12.07.18 | Boiler Shop Newcastle

OH SEES | 12.07.18 | Boiler Shop Newcastle

Oh Sees (Thee Oh Sees) – 12th July 2018 – Boiler Shop Newcastle – Review and photos

Oh Sees (Thee Oh Sees) – 12th July 2018 – Boiler Shop Newcastle

Review and photos by Graeme J. Baty

Chatting to a few people before the show I was relieved to find that we all had one thing in common, i.e. not being familiar with the Oh Sees material, other than their reputation for them being one of the best live bands around. Everyone who has seen them, raves about them! Well, that was good enough for me! This year I’ve tried a few bands and different styles that I might normally pass on.

Local lads Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs nabbed the support slot so I made sure to get down in time for their set. They’re always tremendously entertaining with their Geordie Sabbath homage that you can’t help but love (a separate photo gallery to follow for their set shortly). This is a great bill for them and the crowd were going mental for it! They have a new LP due out and I’m sure it’ll make many a top 10 list of the year.

Oh Sees (Thee Oh Sees) – 12th July 2018 – Boiler Shop Newcastle

The Boiler Shop is continuing its reputation of bringing brilliant diverse acts (some of which are rarely seen in this part of the UK) to the region, such as Liars, Michael Gira, Ty Segall, 65daysofstatic, Marmozets, The Horrors and loads more! I was quite surprised to see them play here and I was happy to see the place packed to the rafters as they say! I believe this is the first time the Oh Sess have played in Newcastle, please correct me if I’m wrong 🙂

The second song in the set is The Dream and is a standout for me with its catchy bluesy boogie rhythm and wild guitar, it made for a perfect introduction to the band and is a good summary of what the night ahead will be like.

Dual drummers Dan Rincon and Paul Quattrone were mesmerising to watch. Frontman John Dwyer contorts, yelps and entertains making for some absolutely brilliant photos! Whilst bassist Tim Hellman calmly keeps his eye on the bedlam and keeps them in check. They have this brilliant way of playing together, they don’t need words they just look at each other and react intuitively.

Oh Sees (Thee Oh Sees) – 12th July 2018 – Boiler Shop Newcastle
Oh Sees (Thee Oh Sees) – 12th July 2018 – Boiler Shop Newcastle

I walked in not sure what to expect but I walked out as an Oh Sees fan! I’m off to buy all the records. Hopefully, they’ll come back here and I’ll know more of the songs next time. That was f**king mint, nothing short of brilliant. I need more dual drumming bands in my life!!!! 

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JONAH MATRANGA | 06.07.18 | Think Tank Newcastle

JONAH MATRANGA | 06.07.18 | Think Tank Newcastle

Jonah Matranga – 6th July 2018 – Think Tank Newcastle – Photos

Jonah Matranga – 6th July 2018 – Think Tank Newcastle

A good pal highly recommended this show to me. I was only vaguely aware of Far having heard of them via their hugely loyal fanbase. My curiosity got the better of me and the promise of a full band (Witching Waves) playing their classic 1997 album ‘Water & Solutions’ was too much temptation to pass on. There is something great about going into a show blind, I should really do it more often! I’m glad I attended it turned out to be such a brilliant show. I now have the added bonus task of discovering Jonah’s back catalogue 🙂

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