Ceiling demons. Georgian theatre. 22.12.18

When your favourite band splits up it can take an eternity to find someone to use as their doppelganger.  Contextualised by Lester Bangs’ belief that often it’s not the actual band that we love, it’s rather the feelings they create in us; being a music fan can be heart-breaking.    What are you supposed to do when the band you love seemingly don’t love themselves?  Is it okay, a la the Arctic Monkeys, to ask your new favourite band if they mind taking the name of your old love?

Rage against the machine, for obvious reasons, were one of the loves of my life.  Relentless and rebellious, their music was as courageous as it was academic.  I’ve waited almost twenty years to find a band who I could use as their doppelganger.

Let’s not rush into things, but Teeside’s Swears, with their dirty, scratch, guitar rock and back of the throat vocals, may be the band to replace THE band; and if they’re not a junior ‘Rage’ then they’re certainly on course to be a young Audioslave.  Tonight’s highlights ‘Dirty’ ‘Cabin fever’ and ‘Lame Wizard’ are loud, aggressive and bursting with the type of intensity that can mend broken hearts; which is just as well given that tonight is also the final show by ‘The Broken Broadcast’, one of the region’s most consistent secrets, and a band who’s end will surely break hearts.

Emotive and passionate, tonight’s Bones show is deeply impactful with highlights including the delightfully delicate indie/pop tracks ‘The river’ and, final track, ‘Tip toe’.  A final on stage band-hug symbolises their end, though with plans of a splinter new beginning under the name ‘Methodical Beasts’ it’ll be interesting to see where they head next.

Headliners Ceiling Demons have the difficult job of following up their support, which they attempt with their typically angry, edgy, rap meets rock style.  It’s an aggressive on stage show which sees the lads in fine form, with regular stage dives, though perhaps unable to match the performance of the first two bands.  Given tonight’s circumstances, that’s somewhat understandable.

Tonight’s three bands all proved that there is a great deal of power in live music.  I wonder if someday one of these bands will be the heart-breaking band a music lover spends 20 years tyring to replace? Could well be.

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Let’s not rush into things, but Teeside’s Swears, with their dirty, scratch, guitar rock and back of the throat vocals, may be THE band to watch in 2019.   Tonight’s highlights ‘Dirty’ ‘Cabin fever’ and ‘Lame Wizard’ are loud, aggressive rock which burst with the type of intensity that can mend broken hearts; which is just as well given that tonight is also the final show by ‘The Broken Broadcast’, one of the region’s most consistent bands in recent years.

Emotive and passionate, tonight’s Bones show is deeply impactful with highlights including the delightfully delicate indie/pop tracks ‘The river’ and, final track, ‘Tip toe’.  A final on stage band-hug symbolises their end, though with plans of a splinter new beginning under the name ‘Methodical Beasts’ it’ll be interesting to see where they head next.

Headliners Ceiling Demons have the difficult job of following up their support, which they attempt with their typically angry, edgy, rap meets rock style.  It’s an aggressive on stage show which sees the lads in fine form, with regular stage dives, though perhaps unable to match the performance of the first two bands.  Given tonight’s circumstances, that’s somewhat understandable.

Tonight’s three bands all proved that there is great power in live music, a belief we should all get behind in 2019.

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