LIVE REVIEW: Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard, Origin Sun, Aiming, Larches @ Ku, Stockton (20.03.24) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard bend over backwards to entertain the Ku crowd, quite literally. Half way through a high energy rock ‘n’ roll performance, singer Tom Rees turns his back to us and while playing his guitar bends over at right angles from his waist to peer into the crowd the wrong way up. He is our flexible friend. A smile never far from the face, whichever way up it might be. And he is not alone in feeling happy, because it was an electrifying performance that lit up Stockton.

Performing as supports, The Larches may well still be at school, they are certainly young, but there is no shortage of fire in their punky guitars and plenty of invention in the songs. Double trouble guitars, left handed bass, pounding drums, strong voice from a vocalist with presence, even rapping as the guitars crunch and rip along.

By way of contrast, Aiming are slightly older in years but also a very new band. The three-piece have travelled up the A19 from York, their alternative synth shoegazer sound is pinned around the driving bass and drum machine. There is much of the 80s about the melodies, melancholia and harmonies and even the lead moustache and vocals. Hopefully they will be back again soon.

Back to the younger element again, and there are students at the core of Teesside/Tyneside five-piece Origin Sun. I believe they made a real splash in their debut performance at the Bunker. Lots of rocking guitars and another moustache at lead vocals – it must be contagious. Bombastic or balladeers, contemplative, reflective, painting pictures; they celebrated with a parmo after a recent show in Stockton and they deserve a drink tonight.

It’s tremendous value having so many promising, emerging local performers on the bill. And on a school night also. It all perfectly set up the moment for the main band from Cardiff to hit the stage in a riot of guitar and big personality with their instant hit alt. rock. Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard’s AC/DC meets quirky new wave of new wave offered up a set studded with outstanding songs – funk, punk and Bowiesque National Rust. Hardcore explosion In My Egg. Monster length melodramatic pop with Therapy? – then after you’ve accepted the treatment Buzzard-style, prepare to be served up with the gorgeously uplifting Love Forever to set the seal on things. All the while that smile, whichever way around, it is exhilarating stuff.


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