This Friday, the Riverside in Newcastle is host to a special performance from some of the foremost names in the region’s swelling ranks of exciting new shoegaze and post-punk acts.
Heading up the bill are Dose, who have quickly established themselves as a major presence on the circuit. Although they’re still a new act (with only one single, Bloom, currently to their name), their live performances with the likes of Ulrika Spacek, Stillwave and Menace Beach have already won them a legion of fans for their startlingly mature work. It’ll be fascinating to see how this ambitious young band takes to headlining a stage of this size.
Supporting them is a whole clutch of other exciting new bands. New Horror’s tense, drum machine noise pop has become a reliable highlight, with the band already working on new material following last year’s superb debut album Fruitless Search. Teesside’s Figmennt meanwhile have spent the last couple of years slowly honing their sound, resulting in the sparkling post-rock arrangements and taut songwriting on their newly released eponymous EP. There’s also a special appearance from mysterious new band Headclouds, who promise “pop earworms tinged with fuzz and reverb”. If you’ve yet to catch up on the new constellation of dream-pop acts emerging from the north-east right now, here’s your chance.