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Sparkles, laser fingers (a real thing I have seen them do), confetti cannons, sweat, indie disco banger after indie disco banger, Jamie Donnelly’s glistening torso, there’s so much to love about Be Quiet. Shout Loud! They’re a band who know how to party, how to whip up a crowd and how to pen a song, it’s a combination that is intoxicating and makes them one of the finest live bands in the region. Oh, and it is worth a mention that their Twitter handle (@bqsl) is so quick and easy to enter in on Twitter that it is an absolute pleasure to Tweet about them.

To be honest, we could just do a question and answer session on Jamies’ delicious physique but instead we asked the band a bit about themselves, the Teesside music scene and their upcoming performance at Last Train Home on 9th September.

How would you sum up the band and your sound?
We’re a melding pot of a bunch of sounds that should never work together but somehow do. We put in disco, post-punk, indie, glam rock and 80s pop and somehow come out with something unmistakably Be Quiet. Shout Loud! Anthemic and fun. We were once described as having “the sensibilities of a glam rock five piece, but the sound of something in between The Darkness and New Order. They look like Steel Panther, act like The Rolling Stones and sound like Andrew WK.” We like that.

What is your music about?
We tackle quite a broad range of subjects in our music. Sometimes it’s poking fun at observations, such as the character in “Mr. Paradise”, or “I Won’t Sing 4 U”; off our 2018 EP Another Commotion, which was inspired by a glam metal Chubby Brown-type who came up to us after a gig once to tell a bunch of offensive jokes, before quipping how he’s a ruiner of karaoke. Sometimes the songs tackle the perils of being proper Northern and the socio-political landscapes, such as Sentiments or No Hope, but we always try to put a cathartic spin on the bleaker tracks. Our upcoming EP, “Fake Emergency”, which will be released on the 19th October covers a range of relatable topics, and is also a bangerfest.

The Tees Valley Region has seen a few new music festivals spring up this past couple of years. Why do you think this is and what does it say about the region?
If you look at the calendar year, there’s usually around 6 months between Stockton Calling and Twisterella, both enormously successful in their own right and great days out. They cater to the best emerging acts in and outside of the Tees Valley and have inspired countless bands to begin. There is so much great music being made in the Tees Valley that there needs to be a platform or platforms for the acts to present their art. With that in mind, there’s no surprise that we’re seeing more festivals, more gigs, more promoters, more all-dayers. It’s fantastic. I think we’re also seeing a lot more people turn to emerging bands, too, especially in the wake of the Big Weekend where so many of our friends performed, people who would typically stick to narrower lanes are adding Llovers and Eve Conway, amongst others, to their Playlists, catching them at gigs and buying their T-shirts.

If you could pick your dream festival line up, who would you have on it?
I think it’d leave it to one of the aforementioned Tees Valley promoters, because they do such a great job of it. Also, I’d find it quite difficult to sequence Norweigan Reggaeton, Polish Black Metal, Australian/New Zealand Singer-Songwriters and Janelle Monae on the same gig.

What can people expect from your performance at Last Train Home?
Sequins, impressive dance moves and a whole load of sparkle, eighties style synths, catchy lyrics and heaps of passion. Probably confetti.

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