LIVE REVIEW: DEAD!, The Kenneths, Post Rome @ Think Tank?, Newcastle (12.02.18) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Anyone who knows anything about DEAD! knows how seriously they’ve taken this musical venture. Now, they finally get to show off their debut album, The Golden Age Of Not Even Trying, to the fans who made it possible.

It’s only fitting that their support bands are as equally committed to their sound. Sunderland band Post Rome delivered an energetic indie/alternative set – so energetic that singer/bassist Jasper Watson had a g-string related calamity (on his guitar, thankfully), to the amusement of the crowd and the venue technician who came to the rescue with pliers. They performed well and recovered even better; I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for them.

Main support The Kenneths enlivened the sleepy Monday night crowd: “You haven’t even done anything, and you’re already better than Hull,” was frontman Josh Weller’s opener. We were eventually warmed up by a rambunctious set. Favourites include oddly familiar What Happened To The Radio and Never Good Friends, a quintessential punk song: short, sharp, and not-so-sweet.

DEAD! kicked off their set with latest single The Boys ✝ The Boys, and fast-paced punk song You’re So Cheap come as easily to the band as the mellower Jessica. Their simple yet effective set design, consisting of lamps and flora, reference their debut album’s artwork, personalising the stage without overcrowding it. Above all, DEAD! sound great live: in an era of ghostwriters, lip-syncing and high production costs, a band nailing songs they’ve sweated over for months, if not years, is the epitome of punk.


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