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It feels strange starting M2TM so late.
Normally we’re about half way through the comp by now – but we opted for a later start with weekly, rather than fortnightly, heats.
Mind – with the recent grotty weather we thought an April start may be more pleasant…
And yet it STILL snowed.
However – that didn’t stop the bands, nor a respectable crowd.
Sadly, we are down to 4 bands. The first heat suffered two drop outs and we were able to replace one, but a little too short notice for the second.
So, it’s pushing 8pm when electro-metal trip THIS HOLY VIRUS open the 2018 competition.
Pretty decent mix of styles and ideas, like an angry Gary Numan. Fairly well received and a good way to prise the competition open.
Really looking forward to seeing more from these guys in the coming months, there’s a lot of potential.
DESOLATION stepped in following the withdrawal of Rossi Noise. While this may have felt it would boost chances, an experienced band with a strong following replaced by a relatively young and unknown band.
This is actually their first time gigging in Newcastle.
The band are groove metal with a few hints of 90s grunge and nu-metal, but a passionate performance impresses many. Enough to see them through to the semis.
I’ve a lot of love for PRETTY LIVID IMPS – they’ve a lovely set of punky rock and roll, with lots of fast and uplifting anthems. They should be a lot bigger. But, maybe I’m just bias.
They’re well received but have two tough bands to follow and it doesn’t quite get them over the line this time.
The beast to beat was always going to be KRAKEN WAKER.
They made it to the semi finals last time with their nautical sludge. They’re previewing a couple of tracks from their new EP and you know – they’re going to be a challenge to get passed in the semis this year as well.
They’re simple but effective – riffs, riffs, beards, riffs, beards, riffs.
It’s been an interesting start to the competition… for sure.
Photos by Newcastle Live Bands
Ahead of their 2018 tour, The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing have announced details of their 4th album.
“We wanted to create a short, angry album that emphasised our punk side and pushed our sound forward,” explain the band.
“It’s dark, savage, brutal and holds up the rotten corpse of Britain’s past as a mirror to the sorry state of the present…and then rubs yer face in it so you won’t do it again”
The album is entitled ‘Double Negative’ and drops on March 9th, just before they embark on their tour.
And of course… the tour… hits up Newcastle on March 13th at Trillians, with special guests Idestroy. We’re unsurprised to report tickets have been selling very well – so – come along and be a part of it. Get Tickets.
We’re pleased to announce and amazing addition to the forthcoming tour with The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing.
IDestroy have built up a local following in their own right – and now embarking on a major tour with The Men…
Locally, that visits Trillians on March 13th
Some nice things people have said about them include :
“The band are fronted by singer/guitarist Bec Jevons, who manages to combine her hard mod-punk look style with a presence that seems to channel equal parts Shirley Manson and Joan Jett.” – Fred Perry Subculture
“If you like your rock’n’roll short, sharp and spiky, then Bristol grrrl rockers IDestroy might just be your favourite new band. They snap, they crackle, they pop, and they wear studded leather jackets with a feisty punk sneer.” – Classic Rock Magazine
“Bristol alt.rock crew have been eating riffs for breakfast here. Just listen – massive guitar everywhere!” – Kerrang! Magazine
Tickets are available here (clicky)