LIVE REVIEW: Stereolab, Tomaga @ Boiler Shop, Newcastle (20.06.19) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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For every hundred cold-hearted, dead behind the eyes, cash-in reunion tours, you occasionally come across something worthwhile. Tonight, Stereolab are exemplary in this.

Tomaga’s curious, scattershot instrumental rock is a perfect opener, sharing lots in common sonically with Stereolab. The cut ‘n’ paste approach to Komische is warmly received.

Stereolab strike a balance between new and old beautifully, casually discarding big hits like French Disko early on in the set, while representing their wonderful catalogue in a fairly egalitarian way (of course). The heart-stopping moments come from Emperor Tomato Ketchup’s Metronomic Underground and Percolator, but the whole set is a joyful, energetic tour de force, and you’re left hoping that this is more than a one off.  A real triumph.

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