There are so many great bands gigging in the North East of England, and they deserve to be celebrated. So, here is a list of my ten favourites. Give them all a go. Trust me, there’s a lot of talent on display below. Please share these bands and tell your friends. Enjoy!
*Also, I wrote an article last year about how much exciting stuff is going on for the music scene in the North East which you should totally go and check out here: http://lucasfothergill.co.uk/2014/07/14/why-you-should-pay-more-attention-to-the-north-east/
Young Liar – Geordie instrumental six-piece Young Liar have been active since 2010, originally forming for a one-off gig, but the group stuck at it. Their resulting produce combines throbbing, thrashy rock that doesn’t sound a world away from Explosions In The Sky.
Gallery Circus – South Tyneside’s answer to Queens Of The Stone Age, identical twins Daniel and Graeme Ross serve up heavy-riffing blues rock. Gallery Circus, now based in Newcastle, have an excruciatingly raw sound (in the best way possible) thanks to their belief in live recording, eschewing drum loops or samples. The end product sounds suitably massive.
In Vibes – Mackem three-piece In Vibes specialise in muscular shoegaze. Their woozy sound expresses a form of heartbroken despondency, all backed up by beefy riffs.
Masamune – Quite possibly the North East’s answer to Queens Of The Stone Age, Mackem four-piece Masamune are all about big, beautiful skull-crushing noise.
Lilliput – Sunderland’s answer to Fleet Foxes (Lilliput actually supported Poor Moon, a side project for two Fleet Foxes members), this Mackem five-piece specialise in sweet, harmony-heavy folk-pop.
Hyde & Beast – Drummers Dave Hyde and Neil Bassett (of Futureheads and Golden Virgins respectively) have crafted a hugely enjoyable, woozy sound, with its 60s vibes, that wouldn’t sound out of place in one of Wes Anderson’s earlier film soundtracks. And that’s a compliment of the highest order.
Weird Shapes – This Stockton based five-piece produce intelligent, electronic-tinged alt-rock. Their track ‘Blue Sky At Night’ even has enough math-y qualities to remind you of pre-Antidotes era Foals, except now with Northern drawls.
Vinyl Jacket – Hurl Two Door Cinema Club and Little Comets into a melting point and what do you get? Vinyl Jacket. This feel-good quartet, hailing from Northumberland, specialise in summery, fun indie-pop.
Kobadelta – Kobadelta are frantic and feral. This Newcastle based indie rock five-piece has been making a buzz in the North-East following their menacing support slots for the likes of Splashh and Temples. Although Kobadelta aren’t quite as psychedelic in sound as those bands, they instead push a far more muscular, gnashing guitar sound.
Silk – This Mackem four-piece make thudding, infectious indie-pop, the song to check is ‘All I want is You’.