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Billed as one of the most talked about bands to come out of South London since The Fat White Family and Palma Violets this was a gig screaming MUST SEE. The sonic inferno that is Shame elected to play their first ever headline date outside the Big Smoke in the intimate confines of Westgarth Social Club in Middlesbrough. The music was dark and laced with the same threat with which the singer stalked his stage. As the two guitars and bass whirled into a crescendo, the vocalist darted towards the crowd eyes glaring, vocals blaring.
A night of firsts, the fuse was primed with the debut of an exciting new Durham melodic guitar brand Yada Yada Yadas. The wonderful Ridley Woof gave us fits of talent and Giggles, the title of the debut album from the talented Northallerton songsmiths. Tracks about ships, dadvice and moving mountains barrelled along to a jaunty keyboard-driven melody.
The explosive agro-punk spat from the headliners stole the show though. A walky talky start to The Lick before Richter scale readings rioted off the scale as they wound themselves up towards a sizeable seismic event. Relatable but not debatable, reports of aftershocks are still coming in. Expect major things for 2017.