Newcastle’s Jumpin’ Jack’s is becoming such a pinnacle venue within the city that it’s emulating its name with ease; if you’re downstairs during one of their myriad of raucous shows, you can quite literally see the roof jumping, and its 10th February offering was not one to waver.
Beginning the night were Llovers, a four-piece soaked in tropical reverb and fantastic haircuts. For a relatively new band, their mesmerising melodies and intricate chords entwined to concoct a sound that captivated the audience hearts (a love-related pun was necessary), and tracks such as Lust and enthralling debut Borderlands boast a unique and enchanting bout of indie from the Teesside outfit.
Shortly following were Dunfermline’s Foreignfox, a group with a penchant for such explosive and heartfelt lyricism that it leaves you in a confused state of flailing your limbs whilst simultaneously scrambling in your pocket for a Kleenex. Their intriguing use of trumpets and percussion against a melancholic and powerful vocal delivery creates a powerful dynamic, and their stage presence exudes nothing but pure passion and energy; a truly immersive experience.
Headliners The Van T’s determination to retain the buoyant atmosphere certainly didn’t flounder. The Glaswegian wonders are an electric mishmash of surf-rock, bubblegum pop and soft grunge, oozing together to spawn a youthful and vivacious performance, complete with roaring vocals, bold riffs and infectious beats. Stand out single Fun Garcon induces a wild reaction from the crowd, and Blood Orange truly earned its live credentials for the twin sister fronted four-piece, as the four walls shook with noise-ridden furore, summarising a show perfectly blended with eloquence, emotion and organised chaos.