NEWS: Rumour Cubes, High Tide 15:47, Ten Sticks, Immy Williams @ The Cluny, Newcastle | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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If you’re anything like me then you have a seriously eclectic taste in music. Your collection consists of everything from pop and rock to funk, soul, jazz and a good dose of electronica (and you’re tearing your hair out trying to find the best way to organise it all when your room is the size of a closet). Gigs tend to offer you only minor variations on the same genre, though. You turn up for the headliner safe in the knowledge that the support will no doubt be lingering around in the same genre. That’s not really on the agenda for Beyond the Wall this month. Instead, they’re tearing up the rule book and lobbing a heady mix of genres at us like it’s nobody’s business. And it’s going to be glorious.

Headlining the event are six-piece instrumental band Rumour Cubes, whose delectable fusion of violin, viola, guitars and electronics have seen them draw comparisons with the likes of Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Bonobo (beautiful company to be in, I must say). They’ve been working with poets and film-makers recently, writing custom music software to sync videos to their live performances, thus creating a beautiful and mesmerizing multimedia experience that only enhances their post-rock atmospherics.

High Tide 15:47 recently launched their self-titled EP at the Mining Institute, putting a decidedly northern stamp on their My Bloody Valentine-inspired shoegaze. With songs that evoke the fuzzy, pop-rock backwaters of the late 80s and early 90s (think about The Cure’s Disintegration and you’re halfway there), the band are fast becoming one of the biggest names on the local scene.

Meanwhile, guitar and drum duo Ten Sticks love infusing drone and noise elements into their post-rock tunes. Their sound is so eclectic and genre-bending that I would wear out the dash button on my keyboard trying to describe it; suffice to say that they rest somewhere between Tortoise and Mono, which is never a bad thing.

Rounding off the bill is eighteen year old Immy Williams, who has already supported artists including Little Comets, The Lake Poets, Lisbon and even the soul legend herself Martha Reeves. Her beautifully crafted songs and emotional awareness are only heightened by her delicate voice which occasionally soars into the stratosphere.

I’ve lost count of how many different genres that makes. Who needs the rule book anyway?

Rumour Cubes, High Tide 15:47, Ten Sticks and Immy Williams all play Beyond the Wall at The Cluny, Newcastle on Thursday 12th March.

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