LIVE REVIEW: Slim Cessna’s Auto Club, The Milk Lizards @ The Cluny, Newcastle (17.10.16) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Local trio The Milk Lizards were a lot of fun tonight, drawing deep from the Man Or Astroman?/Shadowy Men tradition of sci-fi inflected surf rock, but with enough of their own flavour to avoid being mere copyists.

You’d really have hoped that a few more people would have been there to witness one of the flat out best shows The Cluny has ever seen as Denver outfit Slim Cessna’s Auto Club’s first UK tour reached the city. Hitting the ground running with a blistering Commandment 7, by the second song the towering twin frontmen Slim and Munly were in the audience, shaking hands and dishing out hugs. This is a band who play every gig like it’s packed and work harder than any I’ve seen to engage.

The ninety minutes seem to fly by as the band mixed tracks from the new Commandments album and inevitable old favourites like This Is How We Do Things In The Country and Americadio. A genuinely unique sound driven by banjos, pedal steel, double necked guitars and (from the comparatively new rhythm section) double bass and frantic drumming – would be remarkable enough but ultimately it’s the Slim and Munly show: it seems almost greedy for any band to boast two of the best frontmen around and that’s a large part of the Auto Club magic. This was a testifying, shit-kicking, line-dancing, medicine-show-and-revival-tent kind of a gig and anyone lucky enough to be there surely felt the power in the blood.

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