LIVE REVIEW: Be Quiet. Shout Loud!, Swears, Motherland, Eddie & The Valkyries @ Base Camp, Middlesbrough (28.02.20) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Annoyingly I arrive too late to see Rare Breed so my night with those in the spotlight starts with the wonderful Eddie & The Valkyries. Driven by a Springsteen/Gaslight Anthem style of hard rock- Americana, the Valkyries kick my night off in style with My Catholic Guilt and Wet Hands standing out in a set driven by passionate playing and vocals. Motherland are up next and crank the rock higher with their Who-style power chords and wild frontman who spends the set in the crowd and changing the setlist on the fly. Standing out with Everything Will Be All Right In The End, theirs is a set full of punk intensity.

Dressed in black leather jackets, Swears take us even harder next with a riff-driven sound that kicks like a cross between Royal Blood and Queens of the Stone Age. Recent single Cabin Fever hits the hardest in a set full of dirt rock and mean guitars. It’s left to Be Quiet. Shout Loud! to finish off a well-curated evening with their blend of glam, glitter and guitars and they don’t let us down, opening with Answerphone and taking us right across the power pop/glam spectrum in a set with a real edge for the flamboyance and glamorous. Terrific.

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