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That bijou den of discarded empties, fairy lights, and intense creative noise, Little Buildings in Ouseburn, kicks off their 2016 gig calendar with a – count ‘em – six-band line-up on Saturday 6th February. Most of the bands share a stylistic thread, so that attendees know what to expect; here we go with a quick summary of what each band offers, so pay attention at the back.

Bares are long-term Little Buildings residents and hotly-tipped by the Ouseburn cognoscenti: imagine the droney bits of Placebo crossed with the don’t-give-a-shit energy of vintage punk.  Hunting Game are far more melodic, with audible lyrics and apologetically-distorted guitars – they’ve no doubt studied one or two Biffy Clyro records. Old Prides sound like mid-afternoon at the indie stage of every middle-sized festival in the land – big dynamics, achy-breaky-heart voice, haircuts. Still with me so far? Slowlight are described as punks from Glasgow, so in the interests of my health I must declare they are the best band on the bill – nay, the best band in the world. Actually they don’t sound that punky to me – more 90s US college rock on downers, but don’t tell them that. It’s impossible to categorise Ten Sticks, so the facts are: an improvisational duo, half of Grandfather Birds, plying drums, synth washes and found sounds, with tracks ranging from two to 17 minutes long. Finally, Threadbear are the second band to show Simpsons tendencies and translate them into ramshackle, shouty noise. And there we go – not bad for three quid.

Bares, Hunting Game, Old Prides, Slowlight, Ten Sticks and Threadbear play Little Buildings, Newcastle on Saturday 6th February.

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