LIVE REVIEW: ANTEROS, REDFACES @ The Cluny, Newcastle (16.04.19) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Hailing from Sheffield, RedFaces are the kind of indie band that everybody loved in 1995. The question is, does that sound have any relevance a quarter of a century later? There’s more Arctic Monkeys than Pulp in the band’s Steel City influences and frontman Harry Lyon’s Supergrass t-shirt is particularly telling of their kind of anthemic indie, as evidenced on their track Wise Up, that we came to love when NME would have proclaimed them the next big thing one week and has-beens the following. There’s also a  vulnerability to tracks like the aptly named Naked which wasn’t present in the Loaded bravado of Britpop, so there’s definite progression and RedFaces have more than enough about them to be more than just a nostalgia trip.

Londoners Anteros are another band who wear their influences firmly on their sleeves but update it with a fresh vitality and social conscience, especially on the Killers-esque opener Drive On which references plastic waste and the draining of earth’s resources. It’s not all preachy though; Call Your Mother is a song that revels in its youth and would not have sounded out of place on Blondie’s Parallel Lines. Half English, half Spanish singer Laura Hayden has worked as an MTV VJ and model and Ordinary Girls deals with the expectations placed on her in that role and, indeed, on girls today. It’s a feminist anthem full of positivity and full of hooks. On the same theme, and stepping away from their recently released debut album Where We Land for a moment, Hayden introduces the dream pop single Bonnie by not so much as inviting the girls to the front a la Bikini Kill, but inviting them onto the Cluny stage. If just one of the dozen or so impressionable youngsters on the stage alongside her picks up a guitar and puts down their phone, then Hayden will have achieved her goal on a night that celebrates the simple power of the thoughtful three-and-a-half minute pop song. 

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