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As if TUSK’s Lee Etherington didn’t already have enough on his plate right now, he’s also doing us all a solid by bringing noise legends Wolf Eyes to The Sage Gateshead this month.
Across almost twenty years, at least dozens of releases and some pretty relentless touring, Wolf Eyes have managed to make their trip metal take on noise somehow fun, shorn of the macho or confrontational elements that can make a lot of that scene so alienating (or irritating) to many: this is noise as celebration and release, and live it’s a riot.
For this long-overdue return visit to Tyneside (they were last here in 2005 to play on the Stubnitz), they’ll be promoting new album Undertow (“sea-bottom R & B sound lurch”, apparently), recently released on their own Lower Floor label. Support on the night comes from Silver Waves (young Bristolian Dylan Mallett) who’s released a flurry of challenging but thrilling electronic / industrial crossover music, and local hero Rachel Lancaster, whose atmospheric guitar and electronics are going to sound huge on the Sage’s PA.