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Those who like their music unapologetically heavy and their band logos illegible will no doubt already be familiar with Byker Grave. The annual noise-athon has a reputation for bringing some of the grittiest and eardrum-shatteringly noisiest bands to the region every year, and now the organisers have branched out into promoting gigs on a more regular basis.

Byker Grave have their fair share of promotional pull, and their debut show as regular promoters is something of a coup. Swedish rockers Hällas will touch down at Newcastle’s Nemix Studios on Friday 20th April direct from playing the legendary Roadburn Festival in the Netherlands. The band have had a pretty impressive 12 months, with the first press of their album, Excerpts From A Future Past, selling out on pre-orders alone and the album topping many end of year lists. Their music draws from proto-heavy metal and prog sounds of the 70s without sounding retro. Byker Grave’s main man James Hill gives an insight into the band’s sound: “Hällas simply play great songs. Filled with countless guitar harmonies, omnipresent but unobtrusive keyboards fill up the space with organ sounds and synths and Tommy Alexandersson’s voice exudes cool and soul with his low croon.”

Elevating the line-up from ‘must-see’ to ‘miss at your peril’ are Newcastle’s own instrumental prog meisters Kylver, who will be debuting their new line-up, and powerful psych rockers Snakes Don’t Belong In Alaska. What’s more, it’s a BYOB drinks policy, which should only add to the fun.

 

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