LIVE REVIEW: New Year New Artists – VITO, Shamu, Shy-Talk @ Sage Gateshead (27.01.18) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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It was down to absurd Geordie arch-punks Shy-Talk to kick off a bill of the best up-and-coming bands in the North East, coming together for their first gig of the year. A perma-sunglassed mayhem in mustard, the saffronic sextet smashed out a cobweb-blasting opener featuring bangers Isotonic Youth and Dark Crisps, slipping in some anti-fascist slam poetry too as they led the charge for the release of debut single Warlord of the Dance.

Mellower and running on the fumes of an altogether danker ream of angst, electro pop trio Shamu laid out a synthy and atmospheric middle act, singer Jon Evans’ passionate vocals cutting through a lush landscape of pumping bass and eighties Miami Beach vibes before closing with their new single, the mature and intricate Eyes Are Wide.

Wrapping it up were all-round nice lads VITO, the garage-rock neighbours next door who’ve been the focus of a bit of national fuss thanks to Nick Roberts tipping them a nod on BBC Introducing. Persistently positive and with and a near-retro indie feel, the foursome’s fans poured in for Moonlight Dancing, debut track Masquerade and a bunch of faff-free upbeat rock you could take home to meet your mam.

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