January is a bleak old month, isn’t it? The rain, the cold, the dismal realisation that the only thing you’ve got to look forward to in the next month is the loneliness of another Valentine’s Day on your own. Sucks, eh? Don’t worry though as Canada’s Mare are there to make it even more sombre for you on Saturday 28th January as they bring their expansive brand of sludgy, jazz-tinged post-metal choral soundscapes to Newcastle’s Northumberland Arms.
Formed in 2003, Mare released a critically acclaimed EP on Hydrahead Records and toured with scene luminaries such as Converge, Isis and Pelican and are renowned for their intense and moving live shows. Heralded for their ability to express their art with a rare technical proficiency and to achieve an uncanny emotional connection with their audience, this could be the gig that gives you the cuddle you’re so desperate for – or, at least, console you that you’re not in this depressively barren world entirely alone.
The internet currently seems unaware that Mare are back in action so this, in years to come, could be one of those gigs where claiming that you were there will get you massive scene points. You’d be silly to not be that guy.