Lonely The Brave – March 2017 – Newcastle University – FEATURE and PHOTO GALLERY

Lonely The Brave – March 2017 – Newcastle University – FEATURE and PHOTO GALLERY

Lonely The Brave – 31st March 2017 – Newcastle University

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

First of all let me apologise, I just couldn’t get my settings sorted for this one which is annoying as I love this band! Oddly tonight all three bands on the bill are headliners in their own right, with Fatherson not long back from selling out the Cluny. Lonely The Brave, who have been out promoting their second album both headlining and opening huge arenas for Biffy across Europe and this tours headliners Mallory Knox.

However this is a kind of a mates package as all the bands know each other and have toured together before! Tonight was the 12th or 13th (I have lost count) time I have seen Lonely The Brave and to be honest it never gets old. The passion they have for their songs is incredible all of them singing every lyric even though only David is actually at a mic until backing vocals are needed.

I still get goosebumps hearing the crowd singing the chorus’s back at them no matter how many times I hear it. They are out on the release of a new EP Diamond Days but the short sharp set features tracks from both albums too. I’d love to see them crack the USA soon, I reckon there’s a huge following for them just waiting!! They have come a long way in the last few years and it shouldn’t be too long before they are a LOT of peoples favourite band.

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ANVIL – April 2016 – Newcastle Riverside – REVIEW and PHOTOS

ANVIL – April 2016 – Newcastle Riverside – REVIEW and PHOTOS

Anvil – 14th April 2016 – Newcastle Riverside

At most rock shows when you hear the standard “It’s great to be here with so many old friends” you know 8 times out of 10 it’s the same spiel night after night town after town. Tonight though as Lips happily tells the crowd it is for once very, very true. Back in 1983 (June I think) Anvil supported Motorhead at the City Hall and a bunch of young ‘uns bought tickets just for Anvil, went down early got to meet them, taught them some Geordie swearing, got drunk, shared takeaways, went clubbing, got food poisoning and had a great night!

Unlike the rest of the world, most of this bunch kept in touch with Anvils’ crazy career over the years and the band remembered them all when the documentary threw them back into the spotlight! Tonight though they are back opening for Udo Dirkschneider and they kick off with Lips down in the middle of the crowd with his friends hammering out ‘March Of The Crabs’ before he makes his way to the stage for the rest of the short 45 minute set. We get ‘666’, ‘Mothra’, ‘Winged Assassins’ and of course ‘Metal On Metal’ and a couple of newer tracks . Lips still looks like he is just happy to be on stage in Anvil and that some folk still care. They are never gonna be the big band we all hoped for back in the 80’s but it’s great seeing them doing a bit better than in some of those movie scenes! Oh and I didn’t get food poisoning this time so double result 😉

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

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English Dogs | The Vile | Billyclub – Newcastle Trillians March 2016 – GIG REVIEW

English Dogs | The Vile | Billyclub
Newcastle Trillians, 27th March 2016

Review by Joe Garrick

Ending a four day tour in a raucous crescendo of fast, uncompromising punk rock. The three bands came, saw, and conquered Newcastle.

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First up on stage, Billyclub. Playing straight-up, no-nonsense hardcore punk, these guys were tight as a chaffinches chuff. Bounding effortlessly between songs; visceral hard hitters such as “No Justice” or “Civvy Killers”, to end with a favourite of mine, “FUVM”. Top banana!

Next up were The Vile. Last time I saw these play was down in Morecombe more than a year ago, but since then, these guys have honed their sound. These guys came on loud, strong and ready to kick some shit. Blasting through songs, you know these guys (and gal) mean business. “Scars Run Deep” stood out for me; a real humdinger, d-beat-tastic rhythm belie their old bands.

Last but not least, English Dogs. These guys stole their own show. From giving away all their merch, to an impromptu version of “Fog On The Tyne”, I was hooked throughout. Blasting through “Drug Rat”, “Max”, & my (& many of the crowd’s) favourite “Ripper On The Street”, if you missed this, you missed one of the gigs of the year.

50 out of 10. Out-fucking-standing!

Karma to Burn – March 2016 – Newcastle Think Tank – PHOTOS

Karma to Burn – March 2016 – Newcastle Think Tank – PHOTOS

Karma to Burn – 23rd March 2016 – Newcastle Think Tank

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

The last time I saw glasses and cans dancing on tables due to the sheer force of the music was way back in the day when Kyuss played London Borderline, tonight with K2B I witnessed it again!! William and Evan are back with a new bass player (Eric Von Clutter) and a new EP Mountain Czar, which they air some of tonight during their 80+ minute set. One guitar one bass and a set of drums, pure riff driven rock ‘n’ roll to take your face off!!

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Sons Of Morpheus – March 2016 – Newcastle Think Tank – REVIEW and PHOTOS

Sons Of Morpheus – March 2016 – Newcastle Think Tank – REVIEW and PHOTOS

Sons Of Morpheus – 23rd March 2016 – Newcastle Think Tank

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

2016 Tour support for Karma To Burn, this 3 piece from Switzerland have all kinds of styles going on but they never sound cluttered or messy. Best way to describe them is a bluesy tripped out jam! There are elements of Hendrix and Cream in the playing but also at times singer Manuel Bissighas a touch of Brandon Boyd going on as well.

The rhythm section of Lukas Kurmann – Bass; Rudy Kink – Drums feed off each other brilliantly letting Manuel riff and wail to his hearts content. Some of the songs are pretty standard blues rockers but check out album and set closer ‘Psilocybin‘ for a 10-minute wig out that just builds and builds to a perfect ending of feedback and “goodnight!”.

Give ’em a listen or better still go see ’em live!

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Sonic Jesus – March 2016 – Newcastle Head of Steam – PHOTOS

Sonic Jesus – March 2016 – Newcastle Head of Steam – PHOTOS

Sonic Jesus – 14th March 2016 – Newcastle Head of Steam

Headlining a class lineup at HOS! My full review will be in NARC soon. Some awful lights forced me into creative flash 😉

Sonic Jesus - March 2016 - Head of Steam, Newcastle UK
Sonic Jesus – March 2016 – Head of Steam, Newcastle UK

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HECK – March 2016 – Newcastle Think Tank – PHOTOS

HECK – March 2016 – Newcastle Think Tank – PHOTOS

Heck (FKA Baby Godzilla) March 2016 – Newcastle Think Tank

Heck - March 2016 - Think Tank
Heck – March 2016 – Think Tank

Love this band! A review will be in NARC soon. Until then here’s a step by step guide to photoing Heck…

1) Get decent camera & zoom lens
2) Get decent shoes
3) Get decent flashgun
4) Limber up
5) Scramble!

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RAKETKANON – March 2016 – Newcastle Think Tank – PHOTO FEATURE

RAKETKANON – March 2016 – Newcastle Think Tank – PHOTO FEATURE

Raketkanon March 2016 – Newcastle Think Tank

Now these are something special. They burst on to the stage on a groggy Sunday evening and blasted my cobwebs away. I grabbed a handful of shots and stood back to enjoy the show!

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Raketkanon – March 2016 – Think Tank Newcastle UK

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Witch Charmer – March 2016 – Trillians Newcastle – PHOTOS

Witch Charmer – March 2016 – Trillians Newcastle – PHOTOS

Witch Charmer
11th March 2016 – Trillians Newcastle

Drummer Slayerdude was celebrating his birthday in style with a headline set. Easily the best I’ve seen these lot, they seemed to be having a ball!

Witch Charmer - March 2016 - Trillians
Witch Charmer – March 2016 – Trillians

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Arcite – February 2016 – Newcastle Riverside – PHOTOS

Arcite – February 2016 – Newcastle Riverside – PHOTOS

Arcite
February 2016, Newcastle Riverside

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

Walking on stage as the crowd are just being let in is never going to be an easy gig but the lads in Arcite take it in their stride and turn what could have been a frosty night into a warm reception by the end of their set opening up on a three band bill with headliners Exodus.

They have been away a little while but are back with a new guitarist and a second album in the can, ready for release and judging by tonight’s performance they are raring to take it to the masses! Get out there and support local metal, the guys are back opening for Mushroomhead and American Head Charge 23rd March, so get there early and catch their full set!

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