LIVE REVIEW: Chat, BLED, New Romantics @ Independent, Sunderland (15.07.23) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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You would have thought Chat had been performing for years. The chemistry between Beccy Young of This Little Bird and Jordan Miller of Vandebilt on stage was fantastic to see. With Jordan on the synth and guitar, and Beccy on the mic, the pair wore their 80s influence with pride. Simultaneously being humorous and ‘chatty’ with the crowd, the duo impressively rattled through their unreleased catalogue synth pop bangers.

The mentioned 80s synth pop influence had been accurately captured, with Young and Miller layering it with their own stylistic quirks – and I heard elements of their own projects in the mix. It created a style that felt uniquely them. The highlight was the debut of the joyous and infectious Sugar And Sleep, which ended the night with dancing and chanting.

The first support for the night was The New Romantics, a performer that set the tone for the synth-pop infused night, sounding like a blend of Morrissey and The Human League. They were followed by Bled, one of the most energetic synth acts I’ve ever seen take the stage in Sunderland, who had the audience dancing and scored a perfect 10 when they jumped and slid into the crowd, as they transformed synth pop into something more punkish.

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