LIVE REVIEW: T-Shirt Weather, No Ditching, Carnist, The Repossessed @ Empty Shop, Durham (17.02.16) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Promoters Equestrian Collective had another impressive DIY punk line-up planned for Empty Shop. With the venue already full, Sheffield-based band The Repossessed got stuck straight in. The all-female punk band (bar the ‘stand-in-drummer’) had one sheer dynamic; loud and in-your-face. Watching the singer scream, she emitted the presence of an annoyed school teacher – which I later discovered she actually was – giving their short songs and live performance extra kudos for the real and raw emotion the band portrayed.

Carnist were billed as a vegan band from London. Intrigued but knowing little as to what this meant, all became clear after the first song. The singer took a few moments to preach to the crowd about cruelty to animals, a topic which influences the band’s hard-hitting old-skool metal punk songs, before striking up the rest of the set from which he screamed emphatically amongst the crowd.

Local favorites No Ditching squeezed through the crowd to take to the stage. Immediately the quintet’s up-beat songs and suave melancholic performance had the audience hooked, tapping and nodding in time – aided by the unique and dedicated solo floor tom percussionist. With songs covering topics as diverse as feline behavior to teenagers questioning sexuality, their brand of pop punk is quirky and visually engaging live.

T-Shirt Weather finalised tonight’s proceedings with upbeat pop punk songs from their new LP. Notable tunes were about the singer’s dad’s white VW polo (with a random Metallica riff thrown in for comical value) and a rollicking track called Spaghetti Western. At points, their sound and performance were reminiscent of early Weezer, and they possessed an onstage presence and personality capable of sustaining the capacity crowd’s pure enjoyment.

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