Warm drag. Newcastle. The cluny. 25.1.19

Setting the tone for the evening with a dark and gothic feel, William Denton Wilde brought his one man, Jesus and Mary Chain, bass-heavy, song-writing to life in a performance full of wit and intensity.  Current local favourites, and surely one of the hottest tickets around at present, GGAllan Partridge were up next with a ferocious blend of guitar punk energy that smacks of humour, rebelliousness and sass; interesting, intellectual and consistent, theirs is a star to catch while it shines so bright and remains so pure.  For all their brilliance, even the shininess of the Allan’s can’t quite match the ferocious sound of dance/heavy outfit Warm Drag who’s show tonight may be the loudest thing to ever grace the Cluny 1.  Propelled by electronic noise maker Paul Quattrone, Warm Drag create the sound of an electrified menace, and the ambience of a 1950s delinquent; all broodiness, intense and equal parts broken hearted to punked up firestarters.  Matching the intensity of the sound, vocalist Vashti Windish provides the striking Tralala visuals to Qattrone’s 50s street gang ‘Last exit to Brooklyn’ feel; hers is not only the visuals and the vocals but also the energy – hiding in the shadows one moment, front of stage the next – yet constantly present and intense.  They were well warmed up but Warm Drag burnt it down.

 

 

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