CODE ORANGE | 18.04.2018 | Newcastle Cluny | REVIEW and PHOTOS

CODE ORANGE | 18.04.2018 | Newcastle Cluny | REVIEW and PHOTOS

Code Orange – 18th April 2018 – Newcastle Cluny

Code Orange – April 2018 – Newcastle Cluny

Well, what can I say?! When I first heard word of this show it seemed like a mistake! Surely they’d be playing a bigger venue? Not that I am complaining, a chance to see these guys up close in a small venue is one I’m not willing to miss! Last time I saw them they were tearing up the Academy stage opening for Gojira. The compact venue seems to intensify the energy in the room and funnel it straight into your face.

Even before a single chord was played the young kids in the pit were crowd killing, windmilling and generally being nobs to each other. Hey ho! I love this shit! The lights are dimmed, red and moody as is standard for Code Orange. Which makes for tough shooting conditions, that coupled with kids flying all over the place made it… erm a challenge, a really bloody fun challenge! I was in my element. I escaped the pit with myself and my camera gear intact! Surprisingly more keepers than I thought, it was literally a case of wave the camera in the air and hope!

Code Orange – April 2018 – Newcastle Cluny

Guitarist Dominic Landolina climbs up the small lighting rigging then proceeds to dangle from the PA system above my head. Yeah, I’m gonna die soon I thought! Whislt bass guitarist Joe Golman stalks the Cluny stage screaming at the crowd and encouraging more chaos. I am witnessing something powerful and liberating. I’m not old enough to have seen the Black Flag Rollins days, but I imagine this is as close as I can get to those kinds of intense performance and environment.

Code Orange – April 2018 – Newcastle Cluny

Reba Meyers brings the closest thing to respite with her anthemic song Bleeding in the Blur. A crowd-pleasing huge song, proving the musical diversity and dexterity. Their energetic intense performances do not distract from the strength of the music but elevate them to another level. They are a remarkable band, words can’t explain the tension, aggression, they pummel you with this sound like a short sharp nuclear blast to the senses. Code Orange are one of the best live bands on the planet and they’re out to make sure you won’t ever forget that experience. Brutal. Brilliant. Sold out show from a band at the top of their game.

Employed to Serve also opened for them. Head here to see and read our reaction. This will make my top 10 gigs of the year, I’m 100% confident of that.

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EMPLOYED TO SERVE | 18.04.2018 | Newcastle Cluny | REVIEW and PHOTOS

EMPLOYED TO SERVE | 18.04.2018 | Newcastle Cluny | REVIEW and PHOTOS

Employed To Serve – 18th April 2018 –  Newcastle Cluny

This is the first I’ve come across this band. While doing some research before the show it looks like they’ve been building up quite a reputation for solid releases and amazing live performances. Opening for Code Orange and signed to Holy Roar Records, so they must be canny decent!!!

Employed to Serve – April 2018 – Newcastle Cluny

I hate to use comparisons, but I’m sure any band in this genre would be happy to be compared to these… Take hints of Will Haven, Gojira and Rolo Tomassi add a solid groove and you’ll find you have something rather fucking awesome! I was sold from the get-go.

I left the gig kicking myself that I didn’t bring enough cash to buy the albums. Rest assured I ordered them as soon as I got home! I am currently obsessed with this track.

Lead singer Justine Jones looks like butter wouldn’t melt during soundcheck, where she super politely asks for a ‘little bit more vocal please’. Her brutal, abrasive yet melodic, vocal style is truly stunning. The kids in tonight are tearing chunks out of each other in the mosh pit.

Employed to Serve – April 2018 – Newcastle Cluny

Truly one of the best bands I’ve seen in a while. This band are on to something special.

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THERION – February 2018 – Newcastle Riverside – PHOTO FEATURE

THERION – February 2018 – Newcastle Riverside – PHOTO FEATURE

Therion – 6th February 2018 – Newcastle Riverside

For 2018 I’ve set myself the goal of seeing bands and genres that I wouldn’t normally see. Therion and their symphonic metal seemed to fit that goal perfectly. A hugely enjoyable act to photo. There’s always something happening and dramatic performances to try and capture. Somewhat overwhelming and I hope I’ve managed to do them justice in this selection of images. 

I was shocked at the poor attendance for the gig. Despite this, the band performed impeccably giving the fans a show that they’d remember and cherish.

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IMPERIAL AGE – February 2018 – Newcastle Riverside – PHOTO FEATURE

IMPERIAL AGE – February 2018 – Newcastle Riverside – PHOTO FEATURE

Imperial Age – 6th February 2018 – Newcastle Riverside

On a European tour with Therion, here’s a full photo gallery from their Newcastle stop.

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THE HUNNA – January 2018 – Newcastle O2 Academy – REVIEW and PHOTOS

THE HUNNA – January 2018 – Newcastle O2 Academy – REVIEW and PHOTOS

The Hunna – 8th January 2018 – Newcastle O2 Academy

Since May 2016 I’ve watched this band climb up the Newcastle venue ranks, from Think Tank, O2 Academy 2, the Boiler Shop (as part of Hit The North festival) and to the Riverside. The crowd growing bigger and bigger with each gig, culminating in tonights’ main hall Academy O2 sellout show.

The band had posted earlier in the day that they had the last 27 tickets and a lot of the time this kind of publicity is just that, publicity to create interest but not with this show. Both main room and balcony were absolutely rammed and had been from the first of the three band bill. The Hunna come out and the crowd treat them like returning heroes throughout the show.

The Hunna - 8th January 2018 - Newcastle O2 Academy
The Hunna – 8th January 2018 – Newcastle O2 Academy

They look and sound great backed up with a great stage production. As well as the already known tunes the new songs from the upcoming album are blistering and the fans react as if they are old favourites. And it’s this fan base that is heart and soul of the band, the first time I saw them the kids knew the words to every song even though they hadn’t released them yet. This crowd were ten times bigger but just as fervent. It’s going to be interesting to watch the next eighteen months, having seen their rise in the previous!

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

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EVERY TIME I DIE – November 2017 – Newcastle Riverside – PHOTO FEATURE

EVERY TIME I DIE – November 2017 – Newcastle Riverside – PHOTO FEATURE

Every Time I Die – November 2017 – Newcastle Riverside

What is now becoming an annual masterclass in gig carnage without injury or damage ETID once again played a barrierless show and appeared to tear the place apart!

There was less crowd on stage moments this year for some reason even though the invites and no restrictions were there! That didn’t stop the show being a mass of stage diving/crowd surfing/circle pitting madness though! Sadly boss Graeme was ill so there was no tag team BSC for this one but enjoy the gallery.

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

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MCLUSKY | 19.12.17 | Cluny Newcastle

MCLUSKY | 19.12.17 | Cluny Newcastle

Mclusky – December 2017 – Cluny Newcastle

Mclusky (or mclusky*) return for a one-off gig. If ever there was a gig that can not be missed, this is it!!

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I last saw Mclusky around 2004/2005 ish. They played upstairs in the Student Union on Kings Walk. Sadly there were only a handful of people there that night. Still, it was a great gig. I recall feeling some tension in the band, which made the performance awesome but slightly venomous. They split not long after.

So a decade and a half later they return for 19 songs (+ Kkkitchens!) of pure nostalgia. The band are on top form and are having a great time. Bass duties filled by St Pierre Snake Invasion vocalist Damien Sayell. A brilliant night. I hope they do more gigs!

Apologies for the lack of angles on this. It was, of course, sold out and I didn’t want to get in the way of other punters. Plus I was there as a punter myself, taking my camera along just for ‘a couple of memento shots’. I think I got carried away. Here are ALL of the photos I took. Since it’s a special gig 🙂

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EXTREME – December 2017 – Newcastle Academy – PHOTO FEATURE

EXTREME – December 2017 – Newcastle Academy – PHOTO FEATURE

Extreme – 13th December 2017 – Newcastle O2 Academy

I’ve put more in this gallery than normal as I just couldn’t whittle them down any further! Extreme are one of those bands who are just fantastic to photograph with something going on at all times. The audience were treated to a set of classic funk rock, throwing in one of their biggest tunes “Get The Funk Out” only the third song in.

Nuno Bettencourt is undoubtedly the star for most people, his playing is still phenomenal and stage presence is just sheer rock star!! yep, they did ‘More Than Words’ as expected along with a couple of deeper cuts like ‘Kid Ego’ and ‘Play With Me’ keeping the set nicely balanced.

This was the first night of the UK tour but the band looked so relaxed and having a good time you’d think they were getting ready to go on holiday the next day!!

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

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65DAYSOFSTATIC | 05.12.17 | Newcastle Boiler Shop

65DAYSOFSTATIC | 05.12.17 | Newcastle Boiler Shop

65daysofstatic – December 2017 – Newcastle Boiler Shop – Review and photos

The boiler shop keeps up the run of tremendous gig bookings with UK post-math/rock legends 65daysofstatic.

They’ve played Newcastle countless times, yet I am jinxed when it comes to them and I’ve always managed to miss their shows, gig clashes, lack of funds, bad luck, you name it! That run of luck nearly extended to this gig, nearly, although with the help of some strong painkillers I managed to make it. I’m writing this thinking it probably wasn’t the best idea given my fuzzy mental state but I was determined to see them. No regrets!

65daysofstatic - Boiler Shop Newcastle - December 2017
65daysofstatic – Boiler Shop Newcastle – December 2017

65daysofstatic are well known for their epic moody shows with smoke machines and strobe lighting. I felt like I was at a rave with the lighting. Sheer darkness interrupted with strobing explosions, which looked amazing but played hell with my anxiety and painkiller combo! I left the venue frustrated, thinking I’d blown it, no usable photos! It was really like machine gun strobes. Point, shoot and hold the trigger hoping just hoping that one of those exposures would be ok. I needn’t have worried. The shots were tough to get but so bloody worth it!

65daysofstatic - Boiler Shop Newcastle - December 2017
65daysofstatic – Boiler Shop Newcastle – December 2017

Their latest release ‘No Man’s Sky: Music For An Infinite Universe’ proved there is life in them yet. They’re carving their own path with a soundtrack for a rather different game. Not only that they’ve been performing a project they call ‘Decomposition Theory’ which is claimed they “harness algorithmic music techniques” to create new music. Quite remarkable stuff. It’s back to business as usual for this gig.

65daysofstatic - Boiler Shop Newcastle - December 2017
65daysofstatic – Boiler Shop Newcastle – December 2017

A fully pummeling sensual experience. I must admit the painkillers meant I can barely remember what was going on, an overwhelming immersive world of sound and light. Bloody remarkable band. I’m glad I made it to this one!

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LIVING COLOUR – October 2017 – Newcastle Riverside – REVIEW and PHOTOS

LIVING COLOUR – October 2017 – Newcastle Riverside – REVIEW and PHOTOS

Living Colour – 7th October 2017 – Riverside Newcastle

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

It’s been 24 years since Living Colour last played Newcastle. A few feathers were ruffled when their co-headline tour with Glenn Hughes was cancelled, as it felt like we had seen the last of them. Thankfully, the release of their new album ‘Shade’ has brought them back over for a tour which has taken in more cities than the usual London, Manchester and Glasgow ‘UK tours’. Tonight saw them back in Toon for the last night of the tour!

Living Colour - 7th October 2017, Riverside Newcastle
Living Colour – 7th October 2017, Riverside Newcastle

The band looks relaxed taking the stage and the outfit Corey was wearing could easily spark an online argument about its colours the way it seemingly changed in the light!!

Living Colour - 7th October 2017, Riverside Newcastle
Living Colour – 7th October 2017, Riverside Newcastle

Kicking off with Robert Johnsons ‘Preaching Blues’ the guys kinda lulled us into a sense of false security then kicked it up with ‘Wall’ (from the ‘Stain’ album) and a double blue whammy of ‘Middle Man’ and ‘Desperate People’ from the debut ‘Vivid’. New album is represented with a middle set segment of ‘Who Shot Ya/Come on/Who’s That’.

F.O.X Corey’s voice is incredible and you get to hear it’s full strength when during a technical hitch he just goes into a solo rendition of ‘Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay’ which had the hairs on everyone’s arms standing to attention! A friend said it was like something he’d expect to have seen on footage of the greats at the Apollo in its heyday and I have to admit he wasn’t wrong.

Living Colour - 7th October 2017, Riverside Newcastle
Living Colour – 7th October 2017, Riverside Newcastle

Vernon, Doug and Will all have their spotlight moments too which in my opinion are a little unnecessary as we know just how good they are already BUT it’s still nice to see I guess! It’s the strength of their genre splitting songs that have always excited me though from the soulful ‘Love Rears It’s Ugly Head’, and the caustic ‘Ignorance Is Bliss’ to the social commentary of ‘Open Letter To A Landlord’; Living Colour have never been scared to speak their minds and along with Fishbone they are one the most important bands of the era that expanded my (already eclectic) musical taste.

As always set closer ‘Cult Of Personality’ raises the roof and the band looks genuinely over the moon with the reception they have had, here’s hoping it won’t take as long to return or we will all be needing pass outs from nursing homes to attend!!

Living Colour - 7th October 2017, Riverside Newcastle
Living Colour – 7th October 2017, Riverside Newcastle

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