LIVE REVIEW: Sumday @ Westgarth Social Club, Middlesbrough (25.11.17) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Sweet Baboo image by Tracy Hyman

Eight acts, one evening: Sumday is a real hit with fans and bands alike, a most attractive proposition for a big night out in Middlesbrough.

The Kids Are Solid Gold seal of excellence goes a long way these days; this was a showcase by the North East promoters of some of the most exciting regional, national and international acts currently doing the rounds. It provided a chance for a new discovery or two and an opportunity to get up close and personal with one of your favourites. Punters and performers all appreciated the personal touch as TKASG’s Andy Carr gave a little intro with personal anecdotes before each band, which made you feel part of something special.

The music was kicked off early by a young man from Saltburn by the Sea, Josh Newell-Brown, with a powerful voice and even more powerful songs from the folk pop performer. Josh made his recorded debut a couple of years ago now; the five track EP Inner Treasures, for which all monies raised were donated to a children’s charity, Dreams Come True. He certainly has the talent, material and delivery to make his mark in the future.

Darlington’s Eve Conway, caused a real sensation at Twisterella Festival earlier in the year. An outstanding emerging talent, her voice has real poise and presence. When she puts down her guitar and loops those vocals and voice rhythms you know you are listening to someone very special indeed. Still very young, she describes herself as someone that loves choir work and harmonies and the vocal arrangements she builds on the hoof are truly stunning.

This was the most northerly gig Brighton band MarthaGunn had ever performed. After the reception they received it will surely not be long before there are follow up shows. The band’s sound is built around Abi Woodman’s strident vocals. Listening to them I was thinking warm, sun soaked California sound as much as Brighton avant-garde prog rock. How welcome that is in November.

Ninth Wave image by Tracy Hyman

Back downstairs now and Nelson Can was a late addition to the bill. My word, how they stand out. An all-female three-piece from Denmark of bass, drums, vocals (yup, no guitar). What a punch they pack, with rhythmic power aplenty.

Back upstairs and one of the bands really catching the eye in Glasgow, Ninth Wave have headed south for the evening. They look outstanding, haircuts, eye make-up and snappy attire and they also sound the part. From their blasting bass-driven alt. rock to goth glam with many a hook line to reel you in.

Everyone loves Sweet Baboo. The small room was crammed full for the performer that was here right at the inception of TKASG as bassist for Euros Childs. Sweet Baboo had stripped it down to a trio for this tour, guiding most songs from behind the bass, a Thin Lizzy approach he opined. The set included all the ‘hits’: Bounce, Let’s Go Swimming Wild as well as some newer material which culminated in a bold disco number, aimed at a pre-Christmas chart smash.

The final act of the night, Pale Seas arrived from the south coast with their dynamic, full-on guitar brand. They have been on hiatus for a couple of years building themselves a sensational sound to take on the world. A Keith Moon drummer rips around the kit behind the psychedelic guitars that jam-packed so much raw energy and emotion. Pale Seas blew us from Sumday to Sunday!

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