Live Review: Mystery Lights @ The Cluny 2 (03/10/19) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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An undoubtedly impressive line up this evening that kicks off with instrumental garage rock Screaming Seagulls. They’re met by a sea of nodding heads as this trio provide a suitably exciting opening set that pays tribute to classic garage rock, and is enough to get even the most unlikely people up and dancing early on. They’re quickly followed by Cheap Lunch who take everything up a notch, these fervent garage rockers are on fire tonight. The riffs come thick and fast, vocals akin to Ty Segall, drums similar to Thee Oh Sees. Cheap Lunch tonight set the bar incredibly high for The Mystery Lights. 

However, The Mystery Lights proved more than up to the challenge, barely stopping for breath throughout the first half of their set. With tracks like I’m So Tired Of Living In The City, Follow Me Home and Goin’ Down all following in quick succession. The whole band are like a seething ball of energy, but Mike Brandon is truly captivating. Spending a lot of time on top of the bass drum, he bounds around with minimal care. The latter half of their set sees them continue to pump out these high octane tracks like Too Much Tension, before finishing on a cover of The Screamers 122 Hours Of Fear. They leave everything on stage with this wild set tonight.  

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