LIVE REVIEW: Mary Ocher, Yellow Creatures, Jack Gardner @ The Globe, Newcastle (18.10.14) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Photographs: Lucy Adlington

It’s a freaky little bill upstairs at The Globe for the debut bow for new promoters The Mistakable Sound Of…, so it makes perfect sense to get master surrealist Jack Gardner in for an opening comedy turn. As well as running the superb Silly Billies Comedy night, he also specialises in knowingly strange stand-up, including some outlandish drawings (including an idea for perhaps the most revolting children’s programme ever) and the terrifying Lynchian vision of his ‘baby niece’ Betty Blue Eyes.

Fresh off their recent EP The Year of Everything and Nothing, Yellow Creatures put in another energetic shift, blasting through their most recent work as well as a clutch of other, yet to be recorded material. In particular, it’s the gorgeous paisley-pop of Parsons’s Door, complete with an instant earworm of a chorus and a berserk organ climax that really grabs the crowd tonight.

Born in Moscow, raised in Tel Aviv and resident in Berlin, Mary Ocher’s globe-trotting life is reflected in her genre-traipsing work. Veering from stomping punk and raw blues to chilling folk balladry and electronic drone, there’s as much cabaret as there is Michael Gira in her dark mysticism. Between songs she’s a charmingly deadpan raconteur, but as she unveils material from last year’s King Khan produced album Eden, she delivers her work with a commanding presence and a fierce, nerve-shredding falsetto with which she walks a remarkable tightrope between control and frenzy. It’s a startling performance that has the room roaring its approval, pleading for more.

See our gallery of photographs from the night by Lucy Adlington below:

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