Deaf Kids | Rakta | Cave Suns – 24th March 2019 – Newcastle Cluny

Deaf Kids – 24th April 2019 – Newcastle Cluny

Review and photos by Graeme J. Baty from Blank Slate Creative

Cave Suns stepped in at late notice to fill the support slot. They are a band that many pals on the local scene have recommended to me over the years, yet I’ve never had the chance to see them. I made sure I was there for doors to rectify that! Rumbling psychedelia but with a twist, the songs are much more progressive and meandering, in a very good way. Rather than straight repetition the songs lock in a grove but are much more adventurous in exploring the theme of the song and weave a sonic journey, whilst incorporating elements of traditional rock which is quite exhilarating and occasionally their songs reminded me of Barrett period Pink Floyd.

Cave Suns – 24th April 2019 – The Cluny

Next up is Rakta who are on tour with fellow São Paulo band Deaf Kids. They got off to a bumpy start with some technical problems and apparent lack of adapters for their two pin plug amps! Thankfully Cave Suns came to the rescue and helped with a bass head. Once they were sorted it was a case of heads down and rumble on. The lights are super low, with a faint red glow silhouetting the band. Remarkable percussion keeps the band entertaining, I suppose it’s one of the downsides of keys, there isn’t much visually to engage the audience, although watching the pedal twiddling was quite impressive. The heavy reliance on delay pedals (I must admit) did wear a little thing by the end of their set. There’s only so much DD3 you can take and it became a bit repetitive for me. That minor criticism aside, they were quite unique and an excellent pairing with Deaf Kids.

RAKTA – 24th April 2019 – Newcastle Cluny

On to the main event; Deaf Kids brought their outrageous sound that is quite remarkable from just a three-piece. Punk rock song structures with an extra element of chaos.

Deaf Kids – 24th April 2019 – Newcastle Cluny

The rhythm section drives the band insatiable bass coupled with some spectacle percussion and d-beat goodness. They’ve been going for a good while now and have increasingly become more adventurous with their sound. Echos of what Rakta are doing with delays and a myriad of guitar pedals, of which guitars and vocals are processed! I don’t know if its the power of the guitars but this immediately feels more engaging than Rakta and I find myself drawn in and utterly hooked. Templo do Caos is sheer perfection and a great introduction to their sound for the uninitiated.

A remarkable night of fantastic bands. All with their own charm and unique sound. It’s proven quite tough to find the words to explain tonight. I am a bit lost for words. Maybe some swear words followed immediately by awesome. Yeah, it was a f*****g awesome night!!

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