REVIEW: B>E>A>K @ All The Tyne’s Parties
By Hannah D'Arcy on September 5, 2012 in Music
After what has been a pretty miserable week, the prospect of seeing three of my absolute favourite bands on the same stage at my absolute favourite pub with some of my absolute favourite people was the light at the end of the tunnel for me.
I’ll be honest, I missed the first band (Calfs) because I’m a girl and I had a wardrobe malfunction, so I’ll start with Acrobatic Society. This isn’t going to be subjective. I absolutely adore Acrobatic Society, partly because they just shouldn’t work as a band at all. Two singers, huge bass lines, mental drums and a VIOLIN. It does work, though, absolutely beautifully. The songs are cleverly written, each instrument manages to stand out and blend in perfectly and there’s no weak link.
Needless to say, when Acrobatic Society take to the stage, they bring the beautiful sounds they make in the studio and combine them with a restless, slightly manic energy and thankfully, Saturday was no exception. Cracked cymbals, ripping jeans, drumming with other parts of the drum kit and, at one point stirring up a mini-storm as the wind seemed to respond to the music. The new songs sound even better than the old ones and, if you’re not busy September 15, head over to Plugged Inn to see them and this next lot of head-cases…
I’m still amazed when people tell me they’ve never seen Nately’s Whore’s Kid Sister. Perhaps that’s just naivety on my part, but honestly, if you haven’t seen this band yet, you really need to. Admittedly, without the stockinged or blood-smeared faces, they’re marginally less disturbing than they were when I first saw them, they’re no less impressive when they lull you into a false sense of security with the quiet beginning of Broken Head Department, then attack your hearing with the sheer volume of it.
The general consensus seems to be that Nately’s music makes people want to bump uglies. It definitely does, but if face-stroking, tender, Barry White-esque sex music is what you’re after, look elsewhere. This stuff is brutal. Fifty Shades of Nately’s.
Next up were Human Rex and The Gods, who were playing their very first gig, not that you’d ever have guessed. These cross-dressing, smiley chaps looked a bit gimmicky when they first went onstage and then blew everyone away. The whole set was saturated with aggression, energy and humour and they looked to be having the time of their lives. I was very pleasantly surprised and look forward to hearing more for HR&TG soon.
Headlining the evening, with the benchmark set impossibly high, were Sunderland’s feathered flock; B>E>A>K. I’d decided to make my way right to the front for this one and was so glad I did, as I left the gig looking like Nicky Wire, covered in feathers and glitter. In six years of watching B>E>A>K, I’ve never seen them put on a bad show and I genuinely don’t think they ever will. Saturday’s was a beautiful chaos. It was like a carnival for scruffs like us, with the band and crowd throwing feathers all over each other, The Raven shooting a glitter gun into the crowd, The White Swan crowd-surfing, the always inspired addition of NWKS for Culture Vulture and, at the end of the set, a full stage invasion from the crowd.
And then, just like that, it was over. My ears are still ringing from what was, in my humble opinion, the best gig of the year so far. I include Evolution Emerging in that claim and yes, it was even better than Bruce Springsteen.
The North East man… Absolutely class.
- Acrobatic Society: “You Have To Give Yourself A Kick Up The Arse”