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Masterminded by Hartlepool musician James Leonard Hewitson, Endearment Records have continued to curate some wonderfully interesting gigs over the last few months. Kicking things off in promising style, their first gig of the year is at Think Tank? Underground (aka Newcastle’s Head of Steam) on Thursday 16th February with Bradford-based wonk popsters FLING.
The band’s music is full of endearingly irregular melodies and an appropriately bonkers attitude which brings to mind the likes of The Wave Pictures. The tongue-twisting I Wish We Could Go Back In Time And Do It All Again boasts a damn fine Flaming Lips-esque caterwaul of a chorus juxtaposed with hushed bass-backed vocals of the verse, while the fizzy pop of Annie (Liberty Capped), with its riot of “la la la la” sing-alongs and bouncy rhythms is certain to have an effect on the dance floor. Their brattier side is typified by Bad Day’s gruff vocal and unconstrained anger: defiantly lo-fi, it’s a litany of squalling guitar and unruly drums.
The band’s apparently unique live show will be a fine accompaniment to support acts Static Blue, a danceable Goth duo whose post-indie style is a must for fans of Kate Bush and Blur, and the fuzzy, rollicking alt. pop of Slurs.