Moose Blood – April 2016 – Newcastle O2 Academy – REVIEW and PHOTOS

Moose Blood – April 2016 – Newcastle O2 Academy – REVIEW and PHOTOS

Moose Blood – April 2016 Newcastle O2 Academy

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

There are two things I will always love at a gig; 1) Crowd loving the band. 2) The band loving the crowd. Tonight ticked both boxes tenfold!!

Moose Blood have been around a bit releasing a couple of EPs and an album and have been building up a huge live reputation. I was pointed at them after they had played Think Tank being told “G you will fucking love these” and he wasn’t wrong! I trekked over to Carlisle to see for myself how good they are live and was truly blown away, BUT tonight they were next level.

Previously they were shrouded in their hoodies and shadows seemingly unaware of how much they were affecting the crowd, not in an arrogant fashion, but in a total unaware of just how good they are kinda way. Back to tonight though and soon as they walk on it’s like they are a different band but unlike many others this is in a good way-Singer/guitarist and main songwriter Eddy Brewerton is smiling and laughing lapping up every deserved yell and clap and the rest of the band feed off this making them more animated in the first two songs than the whole gig I had previously seen and although some may not like the image of a band playing seemingly emo songs in a happy fashion I think it added to it!

The crowd sang every lyric back at them and you could see it genuinely bowled them over (see photo of Eddy crossing stage with massive grin) New album comes out in August and the songs they previewed tonight sounded great but it was “old” favourites Bukowski and Cherry that had the kids going mental. If you are a fan of Brand New and the like then Canterburys’ Moose Blood will be your new favourite band. *due to my leg being in a cast, the photos all from same angle sorry  🙂

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Blaney – April 2016 – Newcastle O2 Academy – PHOTOS

Blaney – April 2016 – Newcastle O2 Academy – PHOTOS

Blaney
18th April 2016 – Newcastle O2 Academy

On tour with The Fall

Blaney - April 2016 - Newcastle Academy
Blaney – April 2016 – Newcastle Academy

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THE FALL – April 2016 – Newcastle O2 Academy – PHOTO FEATURE

THE FALL – April 2016 – Newcastle O2 Academy – PHOTO FEATURE

The Fall – 18th April 2016 – Newcastle O2 Academy

One of those bands you just can’t say no to photoing. I’ve missed out on shooting them a few times before due to gig clashes and other antics. No stopping me this time! It’s the first time I’ve seen The Fall in eleven years and,  if I’m honest, I’m not entirely sure what to make of the gig. Mrs Smith was absent and MES didn’t seem interested in the gig at first. However, his latest backing band were tighter than a ducks arse! Smiths usual on-stage amp setting twiddling. They were total pros and they didn’t bat an eye at it.

I think this was a good Fall show. I’m not sure?!

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FUTURE OF THE LEFT – April 2016 – Newcastle Cluny – PHOTO FEATURE

FUTURE OF THE LEFT – April 2016 – Newcastle Cluny – PHOTO FEATURE

Future of the Left – 19th April 2016 – The Cluny Newcastle

Falco and crew back in Toon. Review coming to NARC Magazine soon!! I failed to get a usable shot of the drummer 🙁

UPDATE: Images re-edited for 2018 and some previously unreleased pics added!

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THE ST PIERRE SNAKE INVASION – April 2016 – Newcastle Cluny – PHOTO FEATURE

THE ST PIERRE SNAKE INVASION – April 2016 – Newcastle Cluny – PHOTO FEATURE

The St. Pierre Snake Invasion – 19th April 2016 – Newcastle Cluny

Bloody hell! Silly name. Silly band. Total entertainment! That’s how you do it! Do check this band out they’re quality.

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Right Hand Left Hand – April 2016 – The Cluny Newcastle – PHOTOS

Right Hand Left Hand – April 2016 – The Cluny Newcastle – PHOTOS

Right Hand Left Hand – 19th April 2016 – The Cluny Newcastle

Really glad I got to the venue early to catch this rather impressive pedal board/tap dancing duo opening for Future of the Left earlier this week.

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Kobadelta – April 2016 – Newcastle O2 Academy – PHOTOS

Kobadelta – April 2016 – Newcastle O2 Academy – PHOTOS

Kobadelta – 18th April 2016 – Newcastle O2 Academy

Kobadelta - Newcastle O2 Academy - April 2016
Kobadelta – Newcastle O2 Academy – April 2016

Local lads opening for The Fall again! Their first time on the main stage at the Academy and I reckon they stole the show on the night!

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Udo Dirkschneider – April 2016 – Newcastle Riverside – REVIEW and PHOTOS

Udo Dirkschneider – April 2016 – Newcastle Riverside – REVIEW and PHOTOS

Udo Dirkschneider – 13th April 2016 – Newcastle Riverside

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

Firstly apologies for the lack of varied angles in this set. Having a cast on ones leg in a photo pit coupled with a retina burning lighting rig kinda limited my mobility amongst the pro togs haha! Udo hasn’t played town in a long time so to make up for it he came out and did a 23 (yes 23) song set of Accept songs old and new. Hold my hand up I was lost on a lot of them as I have never been a huge fan, but the couple of hundred faithful who turned up to the gig seemed to love it!

The band were tight as anything and they played the part brilliantly with all the old choreographed moves and solos. ‘Fast as A Shark’ and ‘Balls To The Wall’ were the obvious highlights of the night for me, but I was impressed with the rest of the set too. I think the set could have been about 5 songs shorter and maybe given Anvil a bit more time, but hey, that’s just my opinion.

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The Bendal Interlude – April 2016 – Newcastle Think Tank – REVIEW and PHOTOS

The Bendal Interlude – April 2016 – Newcastle Think Tank – REVIEW and PHOTOS

The Bendal Interlude 13th April 2016 – Newcastle Think Tank

Damn! What can I say? For me, one of the best things about gigging is going down early and catching all of the bands. You just never know what you’ll get. Every now and again it pays off. The Bendal Interlude are one of those bands that REALLY pay off. They were outstanding opening for fellow Liverpudlians; Conan.

The Bendal Interlude - April 2016 - Think Tank
The Bendal Interlude – April 2016 – Think Tank

Jon was telling us before the show that they had their first ever show opening for them back in 2007. Conan have since gone on to become successful in the doom genre, so it’s a fitting tribute that they return the favour and bring them on tour.

Bendal are certainly not doom. They’re powerful stoner rock and a bloody joy to watch. Ribcage jabbing bass, abstract samples and a back catalogue of ace tunes. They are worth the admission fee alone.

They reminded me a lot of local band Druganaut. Albeit with much more volume and impact, that may be down to Conan’s backline. Which I’m informed you could hear in the Dog and Parrot pub 500 metres up the road!

Safe to say Bendal are bloody awesome, they’ve surely won a whole load of new fans on this tour. Question is; how the hell has this band not made it big yet? I really hope this tour encourages people to check them out and also encourages them to play Newcastle more often!

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Nothing But Thieves – April 2016 – Newcastle Riverside – REVIEW and PHOTOS

Nothing But Thieves – April 2016 – Newcastle Riverside – REVIEW and PHOTOS

Nothing But Thieves – 12th April 2016 – Newcastle Riverside

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

Not so long ago these young chaps were having bother selling tickets here in Toon but they kept coming back growing each time until selling out Riverside in no time for tonight’s show! Although I have been listening to them for a while due to being sent the stuff from the promo company this is the first time I’ve caught them live due to gig clashes previously. It is great to see the young gig goers getting in early and going mad for all the bands on the bill. It must give the support acts a massive incentive to keep going, instead of the usual half-arsed attendance a lot of older bands get during early sets!

I have to admit being a bit skeptical going in as Conor Mason has such a vocal range that in  this day and age could be “all studio”. However this was not the case and boy can this guy sing! He hit every high register in every song and nailed it as a frontman. The rest of the band are no slackers either, giving it 100% start to finish. Many say they can hear Jeff Buckley, Muse etc in their influences, mainly based around Conor’s voice. Especially in the likes of  ‘If I Get High’ and ‘Itch’, so it was nice to hear them give a shout out to the Pixies as one of their heroes and treat the kids to a cracking version of ‘Where Is My Mind’.

They are also currently supporting Muse at the bands request in the huge arenas which is great practice cos believe me it won’t be that long before they are headlining them themselves!

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