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Sunderland rock band Hivemind are gearing up to headline Newcastle’s O2 Academy on Friday 30th August, in a highly anticipated live date following the release of their new single S[care]d, which has already received radio support from BBC Music Introducing in the North East.

S[care]d, as the title might suggest, addresses relationships where potential significant others are unable to express their affections. It’s a slightly poppier affair than we’ve come to expect from the more rock-driven quartet, with a toe-tapping drum pattern and general upbeat vibe which belies the lyrical narrative. The wolf-like howls utilised in the chorus will undoubtedly be adopted by the crowd come the O2 Academy headliner and with a continually evolving vocal delivery throughout the track, S[care]d peaks with a punk-esque flair ending with a screaming crescendo before switching back to the pop sensibilities, making for a dynamic listen.

The four-piece are now fronted by talented vocalist Georgia McRae after former lead singer Lauren Sutcliffe left the band after their eponymous debut album in 2018. Georgia brings a lighter inflection to their sound in the recordings, with comparisons to Paramore’s Hayley Williams impossible to ignore, and a great deal of charm, charisma and instant likeability when interacting with crowds during live performances.

The wolf-like howls utilised in the chorus will undoubtedly be adopted by the crowd come the O2 Academy headliner

Hivemind proved to be my personal highlight when they played the BBC Music Introducing stage at This Is Tomorrow festival earlier this year, and previous releases We’re Just Friends and Knees & Toes also got my ears twitching.

The band have spoken on multiple occasions about their love for playing these singles live, with Knees & Toes a real live highlight for drummer Jack Johnson. “It’s our take on classic rock! It’s such a fun song to play because it has a bit of everything. A heavy riff, groovy verses and upbeat choruses. And a sexy guitar solo, of course.”

Bassist James Wallace adds: “It’s a great song for being on the treadmill in the gym – it makes you just want to run faster!”

Alongside the favourites we’ve already heard, they’ve been working on new music for their forthcoming headliner, which Georgia is excited rather than nervous about. “This is our first headline gig since our first show with me in the band – since then we’ve written a lot of new stuff!”

James teases that fans will have the opportunity to hear new music too. “We have at least three songs that are brand new and haven’t been played live yet. We’ve been able to get back in the studio and record some songs that we’ve been sitting on for a while, which we thought might not see the light of day.”

New music is clearly a priority for the band, and they’re keen to build upon the success they’re enjoying. “Our goal on a daily basis is to continue writing songs with the aim of making them better than the one from the day before!” Confirms James.

It’s clearly an exciting time for the band with a relatively new frontwoman and brand new music on the way, it’s definitely time to see what all the hype is about.


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