LIVE REVIEW: Blesh, Llovers @ Jumpin’ Jacks (11.8.17) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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A night of the best bouts of indie the region has to offer couldn’t go amiss without an opener in the form of Scalesia. Reverb-laden guitar interlaced with dusky lyricism produces an intriguing sound for the four-piece, and their unshakable experimentation left the crowd excited as to what would next exude out of their amplifier.

Raucous and bubbling with a youthful palpation, Blesh took to the stage to deliver one of their most electrifying sets to date. Firing through tracks such as ‘Takeaway?’ and ‘Fell For It’, their renowned power of captivating an audience saw humans being flung across the venue at an alarming speed, almost swinging from the overhead lights and storming the stage to attempt to grasp a piece of the action. Riding off the back of last year’s striking self-titled debut EP, the trio’s grunge-pop remedy is serving them well; not bad for ‘3 Geordie lads making music out of beans’.

Llovers’ offering was a slightly less obstreperous approach, but by no means did they waver on delivering a set to certify them as the North East’s ones to watch. The Teesside outfit’s shimmering performance exhibited their ability to alternate between rip-roaring riffs and melancholic melodies with ease, infusing a couple of unheard ditties in-between to the delight of the masses, and finishing with a captivating slice of ‘Borderlands’, which generated such hysteria that it almost broke the ceiling through to the bar below. Always a good sign.

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