Distressed by how quiet The Jesus and Mary Chain were at Riverside? Like your guitars warped, your stages stacked with pedals and your musicians’ gazes fixed firmly at their feet?
Well, fear not, because we’ve got a gig that’ll be right up your street!
We’re at The Cumberland Arms on Saturday 12 August (our Ouseburn debut, no less) with a shoegaze-heavy bill featuring one of the nation’s finest exponents and two of our region’s most exciting newcomers a lineup that’s sure to leave heads spinning and ears ringing!
Headlining are Edinburgh’s WOZNIAK, a quartet who’re turning heads over the border with their masterful coalesce of shoegaze aesthetics and post-rock dynamics. With a penchant for distortion and mountainous walls of sound, the band have just unleashed their long-awaited debut album Courage Reels, a record which thrills and captivates in equal measure; whose soundscapes are coloured by ethereal noise and shadowy mystique. Released through their own Morningside Young Team label, it’s the culmination of five years spent honing their craft, and the results are simply spectacular.
Guitar magazine 4.52am were so blown away that they instantly scrapped their planned Hendrix feature, and fast tracked Wozniak onto their cover instead! They’ve barely played any gigs outside of Scotland, and we’re thrilled to be hosting their North East bow!
Second on the bill are FIGMENNT, a Teeside outfit whose name has been on local lips since the release of their debut single She back in 2015. A dense, cathartic palette, the four-piece blend classic quiet-loud dynamics with an uneasy dreamy aesthetic, recalling genre touchstones such as Slowdive along with grungier acts such as the Smashing Pumpkins.
Now, the group are hot on the heels of their eponymous debut EP, the most accomplished and expansive summation of their sound to date which NE Volume have described as nothing short of a masterpiece. The seven-track release is issued via Still Water Recordings, and we can’t wait to hear its fruits cranked up at volume.
Finally, we’ll be opening the night with Newcastle’s LOST ON ME, a relatively fresh name who’re nevertheless beginning to make significant waves in the North East scene. A vehicle for ex-Fractions man Martin Downing and his partner Jazmine, the group play a noir brand of post-punk influenced by the likes of Joy Division and Depeche Mode. Characterised by Downing’s forboding baritone and sharp, reverb-drenched guitar, they’re winning new fans with each performance, so be sure to come down early!