EVERY TIME I DIE – November 2017 – Newcastle Riverside – PHOTO FEATURE

Every Time I Die – November 2017 – Newcastle Riverside

What is now becoming an annual masterclass in gig carnage without injury or damage ETID once again played a barrierless show and appeared to tear the place apart!

There was less crowd on stage moments this year for some reason even though the invites and no restrictions were there! That didn’t stop the show being a mass of stage diving/crowd surfing/circle pitting madness though! Sadly boss Graeme was ill so there was no tag team BSC for this one but enjoy the gallery.

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

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GJB’s annual music roundup 2017 – FEATURE

I usually do a long winded wrap-up of the year but I can’t be bothered. No-one reads them anyway, right? Hehe!

Sod it here we go…

Best gigs

  1. Gojira – L’Olympia, Paris
  2. Sigur Ros – Armadillo, Glasgow
  3. Deftones – Glasgow SECC
  4. Liars – Boiler Shop, Newcastle
  5. Idles – Think Tank, Newcastle
  6. The National – Usher Hall, Edinburgh
  7. Mclusky – The Cluny, Newcastle
  8. Breeders – Glasgow ABC
  9. Grandaddy – Warehouse 34, Newcastle
  10. Jen Stevens – Customs House, South Shields

Best albums

I haven’t really listened to much new music in 2017. But this batch came out on top.

  1. The National – Sleep Well Beast
  2. Idles – Brutalism
  3. Mogwai – Every Country’s Sun
  4. Chelsea Wolfe – Hiss Spun
  5. Primus – The Desaturating Seven
  6. Pissed Jeans – Why Love Now
  7. Thurston Moore – Rock N Roll Consciousness
  8. Guided By Voices – August by Cake
  9. British Sea Power – Let the Dancers Inherit the Party
  10. Bad Breeding – Divide

Band I’ve seen the most

DUNES of course

 

MCLUSKY – December 2017 – Cluny Newcastle – PHOTO FEATURE

Mclusky – December 2017 – Cluny Newcastle

Mclusky (or mclusky*) return for a one-off gig. If ever there was a gig that can not be missed, this is it!!

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I last saw Mclusky around 2004/2005 ish. They played upstairs in the Student Union on Kings Walk. Sadly there were only a handful of people there that night. Still, it was a great gig. I recall feeling some tension in the band, which made the performance awesome but slightly venomous. They split not long after.

So a decade and a half later they return for 19 songs (+ Kkkitchens!) of pure nostalgia. The band are on top form and are having a great time. Bass duties filled by St Pierre Snake Invasion vocalist Damien Sayell. A brilliant night. I hope they do more gigs!

Apologies for the lack of angles on this. It was, of course, sold out and I didn’t want to get in the way of other punters. Plus I was there as a punter myself, taking my camera along just for ‘a couple of memento shots’. I think I got carried away. Here are ALL of the photos I took. Since it’s a special gig 🙂

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EXTREME – December 2017 – Newcastle Academy – PHOTO FEATURE

Extreme – 13th December 2018 – Newcastle O2 Academy

I’ve put more in this gallery than normal as I just couldn’t whittle them down any further! Extreme are one of those bands who are just fantastic to photograph with something going on at all times. The audience were treated to a set of classic funk rock, throwing in one of their biggest tunes “Get The Funk Out” only the third song in.

Nuno Bettencourt is undoubtedly the star for most people, his playing is still phenomenal and stage presence is just sheer rock star!! yep, they did ‘More Than Words’ as expected along with a couple of deeper cuts like ‘Kid Ego’ and ‘Play With Me’ keeping the set nicely balanced.

This was the first night of the UK tour but the band looked so relaxed and having a good time you’d think they were getting ready to go on holiday the next day!!

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65DAYSOFSTATIC – December 2017 – Newcastle Boiler Shop – REVIEW and PHOTOS

65daysofstatic – December 2017 – Newcastle Boiler Shop

The boiler shop keeps up the run of tremendous gig bookings with UK post-math/rock legends 65daysofstatic.

They’ve played Newcastle countless times, yet I am jinxed when it comes to them and I’ve always managed to miss their shows, gig clashes, lack of funds, bad luck, you name it! That run of luck nearly extended to this gig, nearly, although with the help of some strong painkillers I managed to make it. I’m writing this thinking it probably wasn’t the best idea given my fuzzy mental state but I was determined to see them. No regrets!

65daysofstatic - Boiler Shop Newcastle - December 2017

65daysofstatic – Boiler Shop Newcastle – December 2017

65daysofstatic are well known for their epic moody shows with smoke machines and strobe lighting. I felt like I was at a rave with the lighting. Sheer darkness interrupted with strobing explosions, which looked amazing but played hell with my anxiety and painkiller combo! I left the venue frustrated, thinking I’d blown it, no usable photos! It was really like machine gun strobes. Point, shoot and hold the trigger hoping just hoping that one of those exposures would be ok. I needn’t have worried. The shots were tough to get but so bloody worth it!

65daysofstatic - Boiler Shop Newcastle - December 2017

65daysofstatic – Boiler Shop Newcastle – December 2017

Their latest release ‘No Man’s Sky: Music For An Infinite Universe’ proved there is life in them yet. They’re carving their own path with a soundtrack for a rather different game. Not only that they’ve been performing a project they call ‘Decomposition Theory’ which is claimed they “harness algorithmic music techniques” to create new music. Quite remarkable stuff. It’s back to business as usual for this gig.

65daysofstatic - Boiler Shop Newcastle - December 2017

65daysofstatic – Boiler Shop Newcastle – December 2017

A fully pummeling sensual experience. I must admit the painkillers meant I can barely remember what was going on, an overwhelming immersive world of sound and light. Bloody remarkable band. I’m glad I made it to this one!

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LIVING COLOUR – October 2017 – Newcastle Riverside – REVIEW and PHOTOS

Living Colour – 7th October 2017 – Riverside Newcastle

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

It’s been 24 years since Living Colour last played Newcastle. A few feathers were ruffled when their co-headline tour with Glenn Hughes was cancelled, as it felt like we had seen the last of them. Thankfully, the release of their new album ‘Shade’ has brought them back over for a tour which has taken in more cities than the usual London, Manchester and Glasgow ‘UK tours’. Tonight saw them back in Toon for the last night of the tour!

Living Colour - 7th October 2017, Riverside Newcastle

Living Colour – 7th October 2017, Riverside Newcastle

The band looks relaxed taking the stage and the outfit Corey was wearing could easily spark an online argument about its colours the way it seemingly changed in the light!!

Living Colour - 7th October 2017, Riverside Newcastle

Living Colour – 7th October 2017, Riverside Newcastle

Kicking off with Robert Johnsons ‘Preaching Blues’ the guys kinda lulled us into a sense of false security then kicked it up with ‘Wall’ (from the ‘Stain’ album) and a double blue whammy of ‘Middle Man’ and ‘Desperate People’ from the debut ‘Vivid’. New album is represented with a middle set segment of ‘Who Shot Ya/Come on/Who’s That’.

F.O.X Corey’s voice is incredible and you get to hear it’s full strength when during a technical hitch he just goes into a solo rendition of ‘Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay’ which had the hairs on everyone’s arms standing to attention! A friend said it was like something he’d expect to have seen on footage of the greats at the Apollo in its heyday and I have to admit he wasn’t wrong.

Living Colour - 7th October 2017, Riverside Newcastle

Living Colour – 7th October 2017, Riverside Newcastle

Vernon, Doug and Will all have their spotlight moments too which in my opinion are a little unnecessary as we know just how good they are already BUT it’s still nice to see I guess! It’s the strength of their genre splitting songs that have always excited me though from the soulful ‘Love Rears It’s Ugly Head’, and the caustic ‘Ignorance Is Bliss’ to the social commentary of ‘Open Letter To A Landlord’; Living Colour have never been scared to speak their minds and along with Fishbone they are one the most important bands of the era that expanded my (already eclectic) musical taste.

As always set closer ‘Cult Of Personality’ raises the roof and the band looks genuinely over the moon with the reception they have had, here’s hoping it won’t take as long to return or we will all be needing pass outs from nursing homes to attend!!

Living Colour - 7th October 2017, Riverside Newcastle

Living Colour – 7th October 2017, Riverside Newcastle

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MR BIG – November 2017 – Northumbria Uni – REVIEW and PHOTOS

Mr Big – 17th November 2017 – Northumbria University

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

Of course, there were bass and guitar solos. Of course, the drills were out (first song in fact!). The hit ballads separated the set nicely and the band were all on top form.

Mr Big - 17th November 2017 - Northumbria University Institute

Mr Big – 17th November 2017 – Northumbria University Institute

However, for me, what made this show was the bands love and support for their original drummer Pat Torpey who is suffering from Parkinson’s. Not just a toast, or a raised fist salute either. These guys have Pat out with them, doing what he loves best; performing. Next to the full kit there’s a smaller one set-up for Pat, who comes out after the first few songs where he can play tambourine, toms, etc.

It’s heartbreakingly beautiful, but it shows just how much these guys think of their friend. It’s stuff like that that makes them a Super Group! Erics’ voice is still a force to be reckoned with. No one can doubt that Sheehan and Gilbert are masters of their instruments, but watching them gel as pals and having fun was the thing I really loved during tonights’ set.

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DEAF HAVANA, DECADE, BLACK FOXXES – Nov 2017 – Northumbria Uni – REVIEW and PHOTOS

Deaf Havana, Black Foxxes and Decade – 22nd November 2017 – Northumbria University Institute

Every now and then I’ll end up at a show and the majority of the audience are looking at me with the expression that clearly states ‘who brought their dad?!’. Tonight I get that feeling again! Being in my late thirties, I’m positively ancient compared to most of the audience tonight. I’m at the venue super early, yet it’s pretty much half full already. The punters seem super keen to catch all the bands!

Up first are Decade, who I saw a few years back in Newcastle Academy. I came down early as I was keen to see how they’ve developed in the meantime. They crank out a short set of songs from their new album. Their energetic pop tones remind me of Death Cab for Cutie at times. New album Pleasantries came out earlier this year. They’ve changed a lot since I first saw them as fresh-faced younguns, they’ve grown into a much more musically engaging act and they’ve kept that strong stage presence.

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Black Foxxes are up next and they prove to be a highlight of the night for me. They’ve gained a rather respectable amount of awesome tour supports. So their name was familiar to me, but as yet I hadn’t seen them live. They have a much more abrasive edge to their sound than the other acts tonight. Skuzzy, pop hooks, grunge, punk stuff. Bloody delightful to watch. Hopefully, they’ll be back for some headline shows!

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For all of the years I’ve been gigging, I somehow managed to miss Deaf Havana. Slam Dunk was so ridiculously busy for their set so I couldn’t get anywhere near them. Tonight’s the night!

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The lights are down low and moody for opener ‘Fever’. At last, the crowd seem to come alive, having been rather subdued during the opening acts. They churn out a hefty set of career-spanning favourites. The lighting is simply remarkable, bringing an added layer of intensity to the performance and of course making for some amazing photo opportunities. They end the night to rabid applause with the atmospheric ‘Anemophobia Part II’.

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