RODDY WOOMBLE | 11.10.18 | Newcastle Cluny | REVIEW and PHOTOS

RODDY WOOMBLE | 11.10.18 | Newcastle Cluny | REVIEW and PHOTOS

Roddy Woomble – 11th October 2018 – Newcastle Cluny

Roddy Woomble returns to Newcastle for a triumphant ‘solo’ gig. He’s joined by the talented multi-instrumentalist; Andrew Mitchell. He jokes that it’s actually a two-piece act, as they both write and record the songs under his name. Since Andrew joined Idlewild the pair seem to have formed a strong creative bond.

Roddy Woomble – 11th Oct 2018 – Newcastle Cluny

Shooting Of local solo act proved a fitting choice for support. Shooting Of, aka Paul Jeans is well established in the region and remarkably this is the first time I’ve seen him live. His traditional song type structures with thought-provoking lyrics. His voice has quite a range, his vocal performance really stood out to me, hugely impressive talent and he gained quite a warm reception from those who’d came down early. 

Shooting of - 11th Oct 2018 - Newcastle Cluny
Shooting of – 11th Oct 2018 – Newcastle Cluny

Speaking to Scott Hutchison before his death we talked about influences and how early Idlewild had played a part in guiding Mastersystem grunge/rock sound. He talked so enthusiastically about them, that I went on a bit of a re-visit of the early stuff, and have since found Idlewild’s debut Hope Is Important back in the regular rotation on my hi-fi! Roddy has quite a humble manner, but his back catalogue is truly remarkable, diverse and with that unmistakable voice and phrasing, full of character and metaphorical lyrics, he has become a Scottish institution. 

Roddy Woomble – 11th Oct 2018 – Newcastle Cluny

Tonight they offered a really nice set, covering highlights from across his career with a sprinkling of new gems. You Held The World In Your Arms in it’s stripped back form, delighted fans signing along word for word in the front row. Packed with highlights such as Waverley Steps (with its humorous intro!), Little Discourage, Like Caruso and the smash hit that never was; American English. There’s a lot of love in the room, such a great night! Roddy mentioned that a new Idlewild album is done and due out next Spring, hopefully, that’ll bring a full band tour back to Newcastle!

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MONO | 04.10.18 | Newcastle Cluny | REVIEW and PHOTOS

MONO | 04.10.18 | Newcastle Cluny | REVIEW and PHOTOS

Mono (Japan) – 4th October 2018 – Newcastle Cluny

Mono – 4th October 2018 – Newcastle Cluny

Having spent most of the day telling people to get down early to see the amazing Jo Quail, I arrived (annoyingly!) just as she was closing her set. I last saw her perform in Leeds Brudenell with postrock legends Caspian. I was determined to get down early and catch her set, but instead, I spent the time waiting for public transport. I was disappointed, but I was consoled and very pleased to hear from friends who managed to catch her set, that she was phenomenal. Hopefully, there will be more changes to catch her remarkable cello, pedal hopping antics in future.

A Storm of Light from New York were next up on the tour bill and I must admit I know nothing of their work prior to this tour announcement. They played what was to be a nice loud wake-up call ahead of the headliners. With their spacey doom songs played in almost total darkness, a video projection provided a suitably Orwellian distressing atmosphere. Standing at the front the sheer power of the rhythm section was mightly impressive. This tour is proof that you should always check out all bands on the bill, not just the headliners. Such incredible acts!

A Storm of Light - Cluny October 2018
A Storm of Light – Cluny October 2018

I felt unprepared for just how stunning Mono would be in a live setting. They vastly surpassed anything I could have imagined. Their orchestral arrangements for guitar proved all the more impressive and dramatic in a live setting. The sheer volume was something quite startling yet thoroughly enjoyable. Certainly is the loudest gig of the year for me, standing a few feet from the bass stack probably didn’t help! That bass rumbled so loud, you could feel every note as it rattled your brain and body to the core. Just amazing.

Mono – 4th October 2018 – Newcastle Cluny

Requiem for Hell was one of my favourite albums in 2016. That album found them moving in a more traditional post-rock direction. I’ve played that record to death. I had a sneaky look at the setlist as the band setup. I was very pleased to see the title track on the setlist!

The set closed on Ashes In The Snow as revealed by the beautiful glockenspiel motif makes way for some tremolo picked guitar builds a huge crescendo of guitar noise. The band leave the stage one by one, as guitarists Yoda and Taka are building walls of feedback with their pedalboards.

One of the loudest and most enjoyable gigs of 2018 for me. I feel very privileged to get to see them in Newcastle, I have waited to see them for years, but the opportunity never materialised. I’d have gladly travelled to see them perform. However, I feel the Cluny with it’s new and outrageously loud PA system is truly the perfect venue to see them perform. That’s another bucketlist band ticked off! What a night!!

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ELVANA | 22.09.18 | Newcastle O2 Academy | REVIEW and PHOTOS

ELVANA | 22.09.18 | Newcastle O2 Academy | REVIEW and PHOTOS

Elvana – 22nd September 2018 – Newcastle O2 Academy

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

Whilst the idea of Elvis singing rock/alt classics isn’t a new idea ( see The King, Dread Zeppelin for example ) Elvanas’ splicing of Presley & Cobain favourites has certainly struck a chord with crowds far and wide !! I think the main reason for this (aside from the songs ) is FUN, both band and crowd have just the best night. Elvis / Kurt has all the moves and the jumpsuits, we are treated to red, white and pink numbers tonight !! He also spends a lot of time in the pit with the fans handing out roses, singing from atop the side bar totally engaging with each and every member of the crowd!

Never gonna reinvent the wheel but where else can you see Elvis belting out Pennyroyal Tea one second and Viva Las Vegas the next. And when 1500 or so are jumping about smiling and singing every word who is to argue !! Go experience it it’s the only way to get the idea and like a pal said when I bumped into him “I am really enjoying this probably more than I should ” hahaha

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SIKTH | LOATHE | 13.09.18 | Newcastle Think Tank | REVIEW and PHOTOS

SIKTH | LOATHE | 13.09.18 | Newcastle Think Tank | REVIEW and PHOTOS

SikTh | Loathe – 13th September 2018 – Newcastle Think Tank

Sikth – 13th Sept 2018 – Newcastle Think Tank

SikTh return to Newcastle Think Tank, they’ve played Newcastle quite regularly over the years and there’s a loyal following in tonight.

Local lads Starve to Survive offered up the perfect support slot fodder for a night of hardcore riffs, I managed to catch a very brief part of their early slot.

 

Up next were hotly tipped Liverpudlian act; Loathe. Along with Employed to Serve they stand as the most interesting and unique bands amongst a new generation of bands that embrace technical metal and hardcore. Proving to be the most exciting to happen to metal since Slipknot arrived almost 20 years ago and changed everything. They have a huge and massively diverse sound. Signed to SharpTone Records this lot are certainly ones to watch out for, they have everything right. The buzz about this band was enough to bring me down early for their set and for once the buzz is bang on! Utterly enthralling to watch.

Loathe – 13th Sept 2018 – Newcastle Think Tank

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It’s hard to believe that Sikth have been going for nearly 20 years. In fact the band is older than some audience members tonight! That said their new material is highly engaging and got some of the biggest crowd reactions of the night, certainly for me I found the music from their latest release The Future in Whose Eyes? to be some of their strongest to date. There is a good turnout tonight and crowd are in good voice, singing and shouting along word for word. Tonight Sikth proved to be just as vital as ever and are on top form.

Setlist:
The Aura
Golden Cufflinks
Cracks of Light
Riddles of Humanity
Pussyfoot
Mermaid Slur
Scent of the Obscene
Skies of Millennium Night
Bland Street Bloom
Sanguine Seas of Bigotry
Summer Rain
Part of the Friction

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RUSSO | 24.08.18 | Newcastle O2 Academy

RUSSO | 24.08.18 | Newcastle O2 Academy

Russo – 24th August 2018 – Newcastle O2 Academy

On tour with Gomez! Here’s a full photo gallery from their set.

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GOMEZ | 24.08.18 | Newcastle O2 Academy | REVIEW and PHOTOS

GOMEZ | 24.08.18 | Newcastle O2 Academy | REVIEW and PHOTOS

Gomez – 24th August 2018 – Newcastle O2 Academy – Review and photos

Gomez – 24th August 2018 – Newcastle O2 Academy

Tonight is an unapologetic nostalgia binge. Almost 20 years ago I popped my gig cherry with a chance to go see Six by Seven and Gomez (plus the Bluetones but I left before they came on!) as part of BBC Sound City in 1998 which was hosted in Newcastle. That night would mark a turning point in my life and spawn my new addiction… gigs!

20 years later I’ve seen hundreds and hundreds of bands, but I still look back on this one with some warmth, the night was also made special by the fact that we had John Peel, a hero of mine was comparing for the evening. It was in the old Student Union basement at Newcastle Uni. Seeing the gig advertised I couldn’t quite believe that was 20 years ago. Count me in!

Gomez – 24th August 2018 – Newcastle O2 Academy

This marks the third time I’ve seen Gomez, the last being in 1999 and it’s quite a privilege to return to see them and get to photo them. Tonight they’re back in Newcastle after a long long break, last seen here in 2011 I believe. They play the Newcastle O2 Academy main hall, I wasn’t sure of how well they’d be remembered but I needn’t have worried. The gig appears to have sold really well and there of hundreds of adoring fans dancing and singing along word for word to their classic debut Bring It On. Which tonight they will play in full and in order, with a sparkling of other songs as an encore.

Gomez – 24th August 2018 – Newcastle O2 Academy

Get Miles stood out to me 20 years ago and hearing the roar of Ben Ottewell tonight sent shivers down my spine. It’s the big hit Whippin’ Piccadilly that gets the biggest crowd reaction of the night. A tremendous and very welcome return from the Gomez boys.

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REV MAGNETIC | 22.08.18 | Leith Theatre Edinburgh

REV MAGNETIC | 22.08.18 | Leith Theatre Edinburgh

Rev Magnetic – 22nd August 2018 – Leith Theatre Edinburgh – Photos

Here’s a full photo gallery from Rev Magnetics’s support slot with Mogwai (review here)

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MOGWAI | REV MAGNETIC | 22.08.18 | Leith Theatre Edinburgh

MOGWAI | REV MAGNETIC | 22.08.18 | Leith Theatre Edinburgh

Mogwai and Rev Magnetic – 22nd August 2018 – Leith Theatre Edinburgh – Review and photos

Mogwai – 22nd August 2018 – Leith Theatre, Edinburgh

Mogwai play the first of two nights at Leith Theatre as part of the Edinburgh International Festival, both nights appear to be sold out or at least very near sold out. Tonight I decided to drive up from Newcastle for the gig and drive back straight after. They’ve only played Festival slots recently and this was the only proper chance to catch a full set. It was worth every effort. As they approach the end of the touring for their latest album; Every Country’s Sun (not including the extensive soundtrack work they’ve done). 

I was happy to see they’ve picked some gems for support acts, Kathryn Williams supports on the 23rd but tonight I get to see Rev Magnetic perform again. Stuart was in attendance at their Glasgow show with Superchunk. Tonight they are in a much more comfortable setting and you can really sense a band coming together nicely, their confidence is beaming as they stalk a much bigger stage tonight. They are a remarkable act, brimming with talent. I noted the last time I saw them that their music might require a few listens to fully appreciate and understand. Tonight I really enjoyed their set, as did the audience in attendance. A band to watch out for! We’ll have a separate photo gallery coming for their set soon

Rev Magnetic - 22nd August 2018 - Leith Theatre Edinburgh
Rev Magnetic – 22nd August 2018 – Leith Theatre Edinburgh

As Mogwai took to the stage, I got a first glance of just how full the venue was. A sea of fans to greet Scottish music Royalty, the venue appears is packed! They came out to a really dark and smoke filled stage, the atmosphere was quite tense with anticipation.

We were treated to a rather brilliant set, largely drawn from ECS but with a dose of old classics mixed in for good measure. I was hoping that we might get a preview of some of the KIN material but it wasn’t to be. That said, we did get a rather rare and utterly stunning performance of My Father My King, which I’ve only ever heard them play once before at Glasgow Barrowlands for their 20th-anniversary shows. Don’t Believe the Fife is also a highlight, such a strong song.

Setlist;

  • Heard About You Last Night
  • Crossing the Road Material
  • Party in the Dark
  • Cody 
  • Kids Will Be Skeletons 
  • Don’t Believe the Fife 
  • I’m Jim Morrison, I’m Dead 
  • Coolverine 
  • Old Poisons 
  • Remurdered 
  • Like Herod 
  • New Paths to Helicon, Pt. 1 
  • My Father, My King

I walked away ecstatic and slightly deaf for hearing My Father My King and kicking myself for not buying tickets for the following days show. However, it’s not too long to wait until the next outing, they recently announced a November UK tour with our favourites The Twilight Sad! 

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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

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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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