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Eureka Machines are a funny old band. They’ve not really had much in the way of breaks outside a few support slots with The Wildhearts and an unlikely appearance on an episode of Emmerdale. Yet they’re still pushing on, making albums and touring purely, you suspect, for the love of music.

Four albums later, the last two released via crowdfunding site Pledge Music, and The Eureka Machines come to Newcastle’s Cluny 2 like old friends dropping in for a long overdue catch-up.

A potent mix of riffs, harmonies, wry lyrics and matching stage attire (once natty black suits and white ties that have become somewhat careworn over the years), Eureka Machines do come with a slightly anachronistic air about them. They feel like they should really have been rubbing shoulders with the likes of Terrorvision, Therapy? and The Wildhearts back in the day instead of doggedly forging their own path single-handedly. It hardly matters though, not when they bring such a lot of much needed energy to any stage they happen to be standing on for the evening.

They may not do much to break new ground but Eureka Machines are undoubtedly excellent fun to be around, a pure pop-rock tour de force that is honed to deliver as much pogoing and sing along moments as it’s possible to pack into a 90 minute set.

Thankfully, their increasing self-reliance has seen Eureka Machines, and their primary songwriter, Chris Catalyst, flourish on record, stretching the limits of their hooks and harmonies to great effect.

It’s fitting then that some of the best tracks from new album Brain Waves get an airing on this, the first night of their UK tour. Neuro Bolero is predictably barn-storming, Sleep Deprivation crackles with nervous energy and an eye-clawing desperation that the title suggests, and Welcome To My Shangri-La brings the riffs. There’s also a healthy dose of older songs too but, to be honest, they all flow pretty seamlessly to form one big, sweaty grin of a show.

Eureka Machines may never headline arenas but they’ve got a well-deserved, loving, fan base, and when two super-fans travel from Japan to a basement room in Newcastle just to see a band play, as has happened tonight, you have to recognise they’re doing something very right indeed.

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