LIVE REVIEW: Dead Meadow, Goy Boy McIlroy, First Process Church of Mars @ Georgian Theatre, Stockton (16.03.15) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Stockton was recently blessed with a visit from Washington DC trio Dead Meadow, who stopped by on one of only five UK tour dates.

But before we were graced with their presence, first up was First Process Church of Mars. Their set, a non-stop onslaught of gut-rattlingly loud stoner metal, set the atmosphere for tonight’s headliners rather well. However, those unfamiliar with the Hartlepudlian trio may have found their relentless bombardment of noise tedious to endure at times. Next, Goy Boy McIlroy’s broody post-punk strikingly contrasted with their frontman’s on/off stage antics, singing into the faces of audience members and, at one point, climbing underneath the stage. His shenanigans may be teeth-grindingly cheeky for some, but the band are a (rather unpredictable) pleasure to watch, even after seeing them several times.

The headliners took to the stage to a backdrop of swirling colour and surreal imagery. Although it felt like they took a song or two to get into the swing of things, the mind-boggling visuals provided a distraction to a most likely imaginary problem. Mystical lyrics and dreamy guitars were drenched with scuzzy reverb; it’s baffling how three people can make such a sheer amount of mind-melting noise and not tear down the walls of such an intimate venue. An entrancing spectacle.



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