LIVE REVIEW: Shields, Cohesion, Dalaro @ Independent, Sunderland (30.01.16) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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In honour of four years hosting a diverse assortment of delightful local bands and gifting us with some of the most invigorating sounds that the North East has to offer, Lone Wolf Promotions’ birthday gig at Independent in Sunderland was not only a celebration, but also signalled the end (just for now, we hope).

After Alex Burgess, the mastermind behind it all, decided it was time for Lone Wolf to have a well-earned hibernation, the bill for the event had to be nothing short of spectacular, and it surely didn’t disappoint. Newcastle’s Dalaro first took to the stage, infusing the relatively compact venue with their anthemic love songs. A band that are evidently passionate about their music, frontman Connor Templeton’s dance moves reciprocated their uplifting ditties, and their contagious riffs and positive lyrics had the audience singing back with a little spring in their step.

Following were Mackem five-piece Cohesion, an incredibly powerful and diverse collective that had the crowd captivated from the first note. Their impressive timing seemed almost effortless, and the velvety vocals escaping from singer Matthew Watchman coated the twinkling guitar melodies that unexpectedly thrash into extraordinary mass noise, which definitely raised the heart pace slightly. Stand out track Luna boasts their potential, plus the introduction of the often misaligned cowbell was a prime example of their experimental flair. I mean, who doesn’t love a good cowbell?

Closing the night were local heroes Shields, a much adored favourite and devotee to the Lone Wolf posse. Never failing to disappoint with their alternative pop genius, the five-piece created an electric presence with their infectious hooks and witty banter to match, proving to us why they are continuously soaring from strength to strength. Finishing with bouncy number Alive and a heartfelt thank you for the continuous support, it was a justified success, but we can only beg; please come back soon Burgess!

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