THE WILDHEARTS | RAGING SPEEDHORN | 03.08.18 | The Plug Sheffield

THE WILDHEARTS | RAGING SPEEDHORN | 03.08.18 | The Plug Sheffield

The Wildhearts and Raging Speedhorn – 3rd August 2018 – The Plug Sheffield

By Kevin Burdon (Kevin Burdon Photography)

 

You can’t beat a good road trip gig, and you can’t beat a good Wildhearts gig… so when the band announced a couple of their own shows in between their summer festival appearances and then a road trip down to Sheffield was a no-brainer!

Raging Speedhorn live at Plug, Sheffield

Support band for the evening are the brilliantly named Raging Speedhorn, a band that have for some reason never crossed my radar despite their long history. That is something I will endeavour to put right in future though, as they put on a hell of a set. They may have possibly been a bit on the heavy side for some in the Wildhearts’ faithful, but the ferocity and precision of their set soon won over a good proportion of the crowd. Their impressive dual frontmen stalked the stage with ruthless intensity, while the band relentlessly delivered powerhouse riffs ranging from chaotically frantic to slow and doom-laden. Definitely a band worth checking out if you haven’t seen them before.

The Wildhearts were in awesome form, the band seeming to relish every moment of being on stage. Ginger was in particularly fine spirits, joking with the crowd and feeding off their energy and warmth. As always, the diehard crowd were in excellent voice and it seems you can always guarantee that there’s going to be party atmosphere at a Wildhearts gig.

As they did with their exceptional set at the Britrock Must Be Destroyed shows earlier in the year, the band decided to cram as many of their biggest songs into the setlist as possible (no mean feat given the quality of their back catalogue). Opening with Sick of Drugs and TV Tan, the band then stormed through a triple whammy of My Baby is a Headfuck, Suckerpunch and Caffeine Bomb.  Bassist Danny McCormack took the lead vocals on Anthem, which was a very nice inclusion in the set, and The Revolution Will Be Televised from the self-titled ‘white’ album seems even more lyrically relevant to the world of 2018 than it was when it was first released a decade ago. This evening’s show had a celebratory vibe to it, and the crowd sang along with virtually every lyric from beginning to end, particularly in the singalong section of Weekend and Geordie in Wonderland.

The classic encore of Greetings From Shitsville, 29x The Pain and I Wanna Go Where the People Go was a great way to finish the night and made the long drive back to Newcastle worthwhile!

I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve seen the Wildhearts live, but this gig was up there with the best of them. The band are tighter than ever before, and you get a sense that they’re genuinely enjoying every minute of playing live together again.

  1. Sick of Drugs
  2. TV Tan
  3. My Baby Is a Headfuck
  4. Suckerpunch
  5. Caffeine Bomb
  6. Vanilla Radio
  7. Nothing Ever Changes But the Shoes
  8. Red Light Green Light
  9. Everlone
  10. Nita Nitro
  11. The Revolution Will Be Televised
  12. Weekend (Five Long Days)
  13. Anthem
  14. Geordie in Wonderland
  15. Love U ’til I Don’t
    Encore:
  16. Greetings From Shitsville
  17. 29 x the Pain
  18. I Wanna Go Where the People Go

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SOULFLY  | 09.08.18 | Newcastle Riverside

SOULFLY | 09.08.18 | Newcastle Riverside

Soulfly – 9th August 2018 – Newcastle Riverside – Review and photos

Feature by Graeme J Baty

Soulfly – 9th Aug 2018 – Newcastle Riverside

Soulfly make a very welcome return to Newcastle, the last time was at the Riverside just over four years ago (see photos from that show here). They’re back ahead of the release of a brand new album Ritual (which is out on Nuclear Blast later in 2018). Tonight the band are celebrating 20 years of Soulfly! As you can imagine the set feels like a ‘best of’. Which is fine by me and everyone else in attendance! There’s a really good vibe in the crowd tonight.

It’s a really hot night at the Riverside. Before the show, I was worried it might not sell that well, due to a lot of local metalheads being at Bloodstock Festival. Local bands Yersin and Ashes of Iron helped to draw in a few punters and the venue was packed. Easily the best metal crowd I’ve ever seen at the Riverside, the kids were wild, circle pits and good old-fashioned moshing, great to see people having the best time. That energy seemed to encourage the band even more, they were really enjoying themselves.

One of the new tracks (I didn’t catch the name, please comment below if you know it) was an absolute thrash masterpiece and for me was one of the standout performances of the night. There is life in them yet and tonight they prove just as vital as ever. That unmistakable Cavalera groove is what makes them so enjoyable.

Soulfly – 9th Aug 2018 – Newcastle Riverside

They played classics like Eye for an Eye, Umbabarauma, Blood Fire War Hate, Back to the Primitive. They dipped into other Max projects with a brilliant version of Wasting Away (Nailbomb). Max’s grandson came out from a very brief but fun appearance, it was over in a flash, pretty sure it was a Napalm Death song!

A ridiculously good extended guitar solo from shredder Marc Rizzo saw the band leave the stage and allow him to melt the ears of punters, throwing a very welcomed slice of Slayer too! After the solo Max returned to the stage wearing a Venom t-shirt with a nice tribute to the Newcastle metal heritage \m/

What a night. Easily the best I’ve seen Soulfly. A short but perfectly executed 85 minutes of sonic pummelling, hits the spot and I’m left wanting more. 20 years on they’re just as great as ever. Bands come and go but Soulfly have 20 years of killer riffs in their armoury. They are living legends! 

Soulfly – 9th Aug 2018 – Newcastle Riverside

Apologies for the lack of angles on the shots, I was shooting from the edge of the pit and in the crowd with my superzoom =D Buzzing with what I managed to get though \m/ The Riverside remains my favourite venue for heavy bands and it’s great to see them back here!

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THE DICKIES | 21.07.18 | Newcastle O2 Academy

THE DICKIES | 21.07.18 | Newcastle O2 Academy

The Dickies – 21st July 2018 – Newcastle O2 Academy

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

After a scorching hot afternoon out and about I met up with some friends and set off to see punk legends The Dickies. I exited the lift into the venue and could not move any further! It was rammed, even saying excuse me to try and get behind people not even in front was no use. This is why the photos have literally one angle as I just could not get anywhere else 🙂 Which to be fair is brilliant!!

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STEVE EARLE AND THE DUKES | THE MASTERSONS | 21.07.18 | Sage Gateshead

STEVE EARLE AND THE DUKES | THE MASTERSONS | 21.07.18 | Sage Gateshead

Steve Earle and The Dukes | The Mastersons – 21st July 2018 – Sage Gateshead

By Kevin Burdon (Kevin Burdon Photography)

 

The excellent SummerTyne Americana Festival returned to the Sage for 2018, featuring loads of great acts both inside the main halls but also outside in the glorious sunshine. The Saturday night of the event was headlined by legendary songwriter Steve Earle and his band the Dukes.


The Mastersons

Support for Steve’s tour came from husband & wife duo the Masterson’s featuring the Dukes’ Chris Masterson (guitar/vocals) and Eleanor Whitmore (fiddle/vocals). The Sage audience were treated to a short set of sublime vocal harmonies (particularly Transient Lullaby which was absolutely beautiful) and terrific songwriting and musicianship. The couple created a really relaxed and humorous vibe on stage, and they warmed the crowd up well with their laid back set.

Steve Earle and The Dukes

The opening section of the Dukes set drew heavily from the band’s latest CD So You Wanna be an Outlaw, an approach which can sometimes alienate the casual listener who is there mainly for the ‘hits’, but Earle had no such problem on this occasion which is testament to the quality of the songs on the new album. The titular track, Looking for a Woman & Firebreak Line were particularly impressive in a live setting, while News From Colorado was immaculately delivered to a respectfully attentive Sage audience.

Steve was an entertaining host for the evening in a jovial mood, joking with a heckler that shouted out for a classic hit “you think I’m not going to play that one? You might not be awake to hear it…”.

There were plenty of classic Earle tracks in the setlist too, a goosebump-inducing rendition of My Old Friend the Blues led into a run of classics that included Guitar Town and I Ain’t Ever Satisfied. The rest of the set was nicely balanced between new songs and obligatory classics like Johnny Come Lately, The Galway Girl and of course Copperhead Road. The band closed the main set with an excellent cover of Hey Joe (complete with a cheeky dig at Donald Trump), but one of the highlights of the evening was a beautifully subdued rendition of The Girl on the Mountain at the end of the encore, bringing to a close an outstanding set.

It was my first time seeing a gig in the main hall of the Sage and it’s worth mentioning that the acoustics of the room are exceptional. The mix was almost perfect, allowing each instrument to shine through with remarkable clarity, which is vital when mixing a group of musicians of this calibre. Even Steve commented on the quality of the venue from a performer’s perspective.

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ASHES OF IRON | DESERT STORM | KARMA TO BURN | 23.06.18 | Think Tank Newcastle

ASHES OF IRON | DESERT STORM | KARMA TO BURN | 23.06.18 | Think Tank Newcastle

Ashes Of Iron, Desert Storm and Karma To Burn – 23rd June 2018 – Think Tank Newcastle

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

A fantastic night of HUUUGE RIFFS kicking off with local heroes Ashes Of Iron with their groove-laden take on things. It’s great to see these lads getting better and better every time. Heavier vibe next with tour guests Desert Storm who I have seen before (also with KTB oddly enough) but again they have just got better and stronger.

Finally, Karma To Burn absolute legends in the genre I love this band and have seen many times and I am never disappointed. Any band that just have numbers for song titles of predominantly instrumental riffs that just build and build are getting thumbs up every time from me! The trio just connect on stage and you can’t help but be drawn into the hypnotic

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BULLY | 24.05.18 | Think Tank Newcastle

BULLY | 24.05.18 | Think Tank Newcastle

Bully – 24th May 2018 – Think Tank Newcastle

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

Storming set in the Tank, another in the ever increasing and encouraging list of bands to watch and get excited about!

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EMPLOYED TO SERVE | 23.07.18 | Think Tank Newcastle

EMPLOYED TO SERVE | 23.07.18 | Think Tank Newcastle

Employed to Serve – 23rd July 2018 – Think Tank Newcastle – Review and photos

Feature By Graeme J Baty

Employed to Serve – 23rd July 2018 – Newcastle Think Tank

This marks my second time seeing ETS this year. On the previous occasion, I was that blown away I ordered both of their records from Holy Roar. Brilliantly put together records, the sound is amazing and the colours were enough to entice me! I was instantly hooked. They returned to Newcastle for a headline show and they brought two suitably awesome bands, I was really impressed with Leeched and Rough Hands.

Tonight they play their second album The Warmth of a Dying Sun in full and in order. Which also happens to be my favourite of theirs. I last saw them with Code Orange. It’s nice to see them now that I know the material and I can appreciate the details and craft to the songs. It’s quite a testament to a band if they can share a bill with the likes of Code Orange and give them a run for their money! They made quite a lasting impression on me. On first hearing them it’s somewhat of a wild ride, you never know what to expect, an album’s worth of densely packed riffs in just one song. It’s overwhelmingly impressive!

There’s a lot of depth to their writing compared to many in this genre and that elevates them in my humble opinion. It’s a mix of hardcore and tech metal blended into something new and utterly thrilling. Easily the best heavy band I’ve seen in years. They tour a lot and through hard graft are breaking through and gaining some deserved attention and accolades.

It’s a short and pummelling set, bashing out the album in a lean 45-ish minutes. There are a few familiar faces in tonight and I spotted at least one Code Orange tee so it’s great to see they have made lasting fans from those shows. I think the more ETS play those types of support slots the more their audience will grow.

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ROUGH HANDS | 23.07.18 | Think Tank Newcastle

ROUGH HANDS | 23.07.18 | Think Tank Newcastle

Rough Hands – 23rd July 2018 – Think Tank Newcastle – Photos

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DEATH IN VEGAS | 26.07.18 | Boiler Shop Newcastle

DEATH IN VEGAS | 26.07.18 | Boiler Shop Newcastle

Death in Vegas – 26th July 2018 – Boiler Shop Newcastle – Photos

Death in Vegas – 26th July 2018 – Boiler Shop Newcastle

I’ve been experimenting with different genres this year and this gig caught my eye. I’m only very vaguely aware of DOV but it was enough to entice me down to check them out. Dark, strobing Boiler Shop made for the perfect setting!

An opening DJ set from Dixon Avenue Basement Jams got the punters dancing!

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BUCKCHERRY | 15.06.18 | Newcastle Riverside

BUCKCHERRY | 15.06.18 | Newcastle Riverside

Buckcherry – 15th June 2018 – Newcastle Riverside – Photos

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

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