LIVE REVIEW: Hivemind, Ruled by Raptors, Tired of Fighting @ Head of Steam, Newcastle (22.02.20) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Hivemind wasted little time getting into the swing of things this year, as last Saturday saw the band get stuck right in for their first gig of 2020 at Newcastle’s Head of Steam.

First on the bill was Tired of Fighting, and if you couldn’t guess from their name, they brought the angst in spades. I missed the memo that announced that local solo artist Nic Wood had found himself a band, but it’s delightful to see him work as a unit to fuel his creativity. The levels of complexity managed by this punk rock three-piece is impressive, and considering the band is barely a year old, their scope for growth already looks promising. Ruled by Raptors followed, bring a mixed bag of genre-spanning tunes. With everything covered from post-hardcore vibes to ambient guitar rock, it was difficult not to find at least one thing to like across their set. RBR definitely gel on a personal level, able to riff of each other as well as they riff with their instruments.

Local scene staple Hivemind have gone from strength to strength in recent months, with spins on local and national radio. Their commitment to their sound appears to have been rewarded with an audience as dedicated to their music as they are. Deep basslines and intricate guitar bounce off Georgia’s confident, emotion-driven vocals. Hivemind manages to range from Riot Envy’s hypnotic ambience to the fun bounce of newer singles like We’re Just Friends. Fresh off the press is Crying All The Time, which encapsulates their varied musical styles in just one track. It’s not short on the melodic riffs we’ve come to know and love, but spacing them out and sandwiching them between bursts of high-energy rock and punchy vocals makes this an exceptional multi-layered auditory experience.

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