REVIEW: The Charlatans @ O2 Academy (17.12.15) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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In the week the new Star Wars movie opened, The Charlatans enter the stage to a mock-up of the trailer playing on the screen that looms large behind them; and like Star Wars, it’s hard to imagine a time in our lives without the indie band that has consistently triumphed in the face of adversity.

Tim Burgess is the frontman that gave Liam Gallagher his swagger and Weirdo, with its trademark Charlatans Hammond organ, finds the blonde-mopped singer on fine form.  The anthemic North Country Boy and laid back folk sneer of Tellin’ Stories sit nicely with the summery So Oh and Let The Good Times Be Never Ending with its instant hooks and upbeat Mancunian drawl, as the band treat us to tracks old and new.

The epilepsy-inducing back-drops and Burgess’ messianic poses make The Charlatans live show unmissable and the adoring crowd know they’re in the presence of nothing short of indie royalty.  Further confirmation comes with the classics One To Another and The Only One I Know before traditional set-closer Sproston Green gets tired feet going one last time before the band exit.  Not so much a force reawakened, rather one that has never really been asleep.

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