LIVE REVIEW: Holy Now, Dog Years @ Bobiks, Newcastle (26.07.19) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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By treating us to two of the hottest indie pop bands around, Bobiks – the region’s hottest new venue – seems keen on making huge strides towards building a reputation for creating interesting experiences. Set inside of its personality-savvy venue, and pairing Dog Years with Holy Now, the early signs are that Bobiks has both the venue and the understanding of complementary line-ups to make a mark on the local scene; a scene, if we’re honest, which bristles with potential but is often pulled in a hundred different directions. 

Up first, the Dandy Warhols-sounding Dog Years bring synths, shakers and hypnotic guitars in a mixture which produces a fine American indie pop sound. Slightly less talkative than usual, Dog Years let their songs take centre stage, with interesting and accessible pop that aims high and delivers higher. 

Theirs is a sound which naturally enhances Swedish upcomers Holy Now and their blend of accessible guitar pop with charismatic, lo-fi moments and pop hooks. Mostly upbeat and jovial, their standout tonight is the slower Tainted Heart which deeply affects with its “I wanted to break it all” refrain. It’s a demonstration that not all things pop need to be sweet. 

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