MY VITRIOL – November 2017 – Newcastle O2 Academy – PHOTO FEATURE

My Vitriol – 14th November 2017 – Newcastle O2 Academy

Truth be told, I was only at this gig for the Trail of Dead, My Vitriol were a nice bonus feature.  However, visa issues (Trump strikes again) meant they had to drop out.

That said I’m glad I decided to go regardless of this disappointment. I really enjoyed their set. Which more than made up for the lack of ToD.

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GHOST SIGNALS – November 2017 – Newcastle Academy – PHOTO FEATURE

Ghost Signals – 14th November 2017 – Newcastle O2 Academy

Here’s a handful of shots from their recent gig opening for My Vitriol. I’ve not seen these chaps before, so I stood back and watched for most of the set, rather than snapping away like a loon 🙂 Note to self; go see more new bands!!!!

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THE TUBES – November 2017 – Newcastle Boiler Shop – REVIEW and PHOTO GALLERY

THE TUBES – Newcastle Boiler Shop, 9th November 2017

There’s a lot of love in the room tonight flowing both to and from the band. The Tubes frontman; Fee Waybill is beaming and thanking the audience and a friend of mine who worked for the band for many years and is still good friends with them turned to me and said; ” Fee doesn’t do bullshit very well. That happiness and gratitude is genuine!”

THE TUBES - November 2017 - Newcastle Boiler Shop

THE TUBES – November 2017 – Newcastle Boiler Shop

The band have been around since the early 70’s delighting audiences with their theatrical Rock ‘n’ Roll show. They are over on a kind of double tour taking in some headline shows then off out with old friend Alice Cooper opening up alongside the Mission on an arena tour.

For nearly 2 hours the band bang out the tunes that they have crafted for over 40 years with almost no gap between them even when Fee is changing costume /character the guys play introductions and instrumentals in their matching white boiler suits.

THE TUBES - November 2017 - Newcastle Boiler Shop

THE TUBES – November 2017 – Newcastle Boiler Shop

All of Fees’ personas are out tonight TV King, Mr Hate, Mondo Bondage, Golden Boy, Game Show Host for What Do You Want From Life. We are treated to a Beatles and Beefheart cover too along with the contractually obligated ballad (Fees’ words ). But of course its the larger than life glam rocker Quay Lewd who steals the limelight in his 13″ heels and spandex closing the set with the anthem ‘White Punks On Dope’. A quick change and an encore of singles ‘Talk To Ya Later’ and ‘She’s A Beauty’ leave the crowd on a high, smiling faces throughout the venue. Not content with that, the band then tell everyone they’ll meet them at the merch stand for chats and beers. True to their word, as I left 20 minutes later they were still meeting and greeting everyone who wanted to!

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

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LIFE OF AGONY – September 2017 – Northumbria University – REVIEW and GALLERY

Life Of Agony, 19th September 2017,  Northumbria University

It’s safe to say a lot of the Newcastle alt-rock rock/hardcore scene missed out on one of the best gigs they could have seen tonight!! However for those that bothered their arses and came it was an intense, intimate show that will be remembered for a long time!

LIFE OF AGONY - September 2017 - Northumbria University

LIFE OF AGONY – September 2017 – Northumbria University

It’s the first time LOA have played in Newcastle, which is odd considering how long they’ve been going but hey they got here. They come out and blast straight into ‘River Runs Red’ then ‘This Time’ showing the songs still stand today.

In fact that debut album features heavily in the set with six songs from it and the rest of the back catalogue spread out around them (‘Weeds’, ‘Love to Let You Down’, ‘Lost at 22’and more).

Once the band came to terms with the small attendance they seemed to kick it up a gear and just have a blast. Mina Caputo sang the majority of the set from the security barrier right into the faces of the first couple of rows. Her voice was as powerful and emotive as it ever has been and the Joey Alan and Sal just absolutely tore up the stage behind her. I could go on at length about how great this was but it would make too many people sad that missed out and it’s kinda nice to keep this one “our little secret ” for those that made the effort.

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

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WIRE – November 2017 – Newcastle Riverside – PHOTO FEATURE

WIRE – 3rd November 2017 – Newcastle Riverside

First time I’ve seen Wire in years. Check out my full review over on NARC Magazine. Such a brilliant set!

Here’s a full gallery of the gig. Including some shots for us guitar pedal nerds 🙂

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MUTATION – October 2017 – Newcastle Riverside – REVIEW and PHOTO GALLERY

MUTATION – October 2017 – Newcastle Riverside

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

I remember a graphic novel I read (Hellblazer/Sandman I’m not sure) where a guy does a devils deal to be creative and one of the last panels the twist is the guy going mad because he just can’t stop writing down his constant flow of ideas on paper, walls floor etc. I sometimes think Ginger is like this to a lesser extent. The number of projects he sometimes has on the go and the opposite ends of the spectrum that they fall in. This year he has released a solo country album and with Mutation a black metal power trio a new album called Dark Black from which most of the set is taken.

MUTATION - October 2017 - Newcastle Riverside

MUTATION – October 2017 – Newcastle Riverside

The band are made up of Scott Lee Andrews (exit Internation ) on bass and vox, Denzil (Young Legionnaire) drums, vox and Ginger guitar bass and vox. This is their first tour as Mutation but you’d think they’d been doing it for ages the way they gel together. Ginger paces the stage in front of his amps between tracks like a fighter waiting for the next round. Not sure if it’s nervous energy or just the brutal riff he is about to take everyone’s face off with!

The stage set is a huge back line of mismatched amps and cabinets and stage front and centre is the drumkit no riser or rear position, Denzil is on the lip of the stage flanked by the other two following his every lead. The man is a monster behind the kit I walked past in the pit and just the air from the mic hole in the kick drum (not the volume just the air) felt like a punch to the chest! His drumming is just ferocious which is totally fitting for this METAL that is being played at an incredible volume but not distorting.

MUTATION - October 2017 - Newcastle Riverside

MUTATION – October 2017 – Newcastle Riverside

I’m not gonna lie, I went to the gig not really knowing what to expect other than it was “Gingers black metal” project but by the 4th track I was totally hooked by the energy and almost hypnotic effect of it. Don’t be thinking it is all just a noise though there are still melodies and hooks in each of these head kickings (‘Friday Night Drugs for example),

MUTATION - October 2017 - Newcastle Riverside

MUTATION – October 2017 – Newcastle Riverside

It’s the last two tracks and album closers ‘Dogs and Deterioration’ that absolutely just put you through the wringer. With only a quick “thanks ” through the set it’s over and the sadly small crowd were left wondering what had just happened (in a good way). No idea why a lot of the fanbase didn’t turn out tonight for this it will remain a mystery to me especially as it was home ground but those that were there saw a band on fire and even in his tour diary Ginger says the band will possibly never play as good together as they did tonight.

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LIARS – Boiler Shop Newcastle October 2017 – Review and Photos

LIARS – 29th October 2017 – Boiler Shop Newcastle

I really never expected to ever see Liars, at least not in Newcastle! They’ve been on my band bucket list for years but the opportunity never arose. The turn out was a bit of a shock, I expected this to sell out. Thankfully that didn’t affect the performance. This may even be my gig of the year.

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An outstanding performance. I was particularly blown away by the new members, I was a bit worried they wouldn’t live up to the predecessors, particularly on drums. Those worries immediately dispersed as they burst into the first song, which (if I remember correctly) was ‘Drum Gets a Glimpse’.

Liars, October 2017, Boiler Shop Newcastle, Photos Review

Liars – October 2017 – Boiler Shop Newcastle

The Boiler Shop is becoming a serious venue and has made some amazing bookings of late, this being my first gig photoing there and it was an absolute treat. Great lights and sound. Just need more punters!

Boiler Shop Newcastle

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HAPPY MEALS – October 2017 – Boiler Shop Newcastle – PHOTO FEATURE

Happy Meals
October 2017, Boiler Shop Newcastle

Captured while on tour with Liars.

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Reel Big Fish, Anti Flag and Mad Caddies – Fireball Fuelling The Fire Tour 2017 – Newcastle O2 Academy – FEATURE

Reel Big Fish, Anti Flag and Mad Caddies
October 2017, Newcastle O2 Academy

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

Fireball Whiskey have the right idea with these yearly package tours. Send out four touring bands of a similar fan base add a local band to the bill and cap the ticket price to a tenner and BOOM pretty much packed out show and value for money even with shorter sets than you’d get seeing fewer bands!! Add to the mix reps dishing out Fireball samples and a DJ playing massive ska/pop-punk anthems and you have a crowd thinking its actually a Saturday on a midweek night. I have to say I sadly missed the first two bands even though the night was actually running late when I got there BUT the place was already jumping and folk seemed oblivious to the time problems.

Reel Big Fish, Anti Flag and Mad Caddies - Fireball Fuelling The Fire Tour 2017 - Newcastle

Reel Big Fish, Anti Flag and Mad Caddies – Fireball Fuelling The Fire Tour 2017 – Newcastle

Mad Caddies took to the stage with a set of ska and reggae-tinged tunes creating a very cool vibe! The band have been going for ages so a short set was always going to have miss out some favourites but with the time they were given they made a great job of the situation!

Reel Big Fish, Anti Flag and Mad Caddies - Fireball Fuelling The Fire Tour 2017 - Newcastle

Reel Big Fish, Anti Flag and Mad Caddies – Fireball Fuelling The Fire Tour 2017 – Newcastle

The tempo is taken up a notch and a half next with Anti Flag using the full stage to run, spin and jump all over the place whilst belting out their political punk rock to a very enthusiastic crowd. Again due to time constraints and the night running late Anti Flag’s set was shorter than expected BUT the managed to get their message across as well as getting a huge circle pit going and having a couple of tunes with the Reel Big Fish brass section! By the time Reel Big Fish were due to take the stage the reps were free pouring Fireball into the mouths of the front row faithful and the party atmosphere was well underway!

Reel Big Fish, Anti Flag and Mad Caddies - Fireball Fuelling The Fire Tour 2017 - Newcastle

Reel Big Fish, Anti Flag and Mad Caddies – Fireball Fuelling The Fire Tour 2017 – Newcastle

Reel Big Fish have been the party band of the ska punk scene for years and tonight was no exception, alongside the expected hits of Beer, I Want Your Girlfriend To Be My Girlfriend their versions of Journey/Van Halen/Nirvana/Bosstones/Lit and of course, Aha just kept the party going. It was a shame about the lateness cutting the sets BUT for a £10 ticket, you really couldn’t complain. See you all again at next years for more of the same!

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Dirty King – September 2017 – Newcastle O2 Academy – PHOTO FEATURE

Dirty King – September 2017 – Newcastle O2 Academy

Blank Slate faves back at the Academy, this time for a headline show!! What a mint gig \m/

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