LIVE REVIEW: Been Stellar, Roxy Girls, Waves of Dread @ The Shooting Gallery, Newcastle (19.07.22) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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It’s hot enough standing watching tonight’s show, let alone doing anything physical, so Lord only knows how much effort it must take this evening’s three bands to stand on stage and actually move.

To their credit, openers Roxy Girls set an early high bar with a typically energetic post-punk meets indie pop set. Set highlight Taxi Cab stands out for its Bloc Party-styled double guitar interplay and focused rhythm. A quick changeover means Waves of Dread follow shortly after; their set full of clever post/math rock sounds and moments of outstanding deft guitar lines. Set highlight You, drummed superbly by stand in kit man Kit, centres a set full of clever musicality, driving drum patterns and some very witty humour.  

New York’s Been Stellar finish tonight’s show with typical East Coast swagger and coolness. Starting their set off with credible, yet slightly typical, Strokes/Television combinations of spiky guitars, Start Again sets a strong opener. Yet they prove to be more than another cool New York band with cool guitars, as they move into experimental-dance-meets-indie-meets-Britpop textures; Athens standing out for its ability to combine cool Dandy Warhols-esque guitar lines, funky Talking Heads rhythms and a very commendable Liam Gallagher-styled vocal delivery. If this is them performing in a heat wave, then who knows how good they’ll be usually. 

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