LIVE REVIEW: Idle Hands, Dayzies, Park View, BALTIC @ The Grove, Newcastle (15.03.24) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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“We’re here to take your souls,” was the understated introduction, and youthful quartet Idle Hands certainly gave it a go, with a raw, untamed set dripping with the freshness that makes them so gripping to watch.

And not just watch either, the band conducted “the biggest and fattest” mosh pit on more than one occasion (so big that it nearly swallowed this reviewer hiding at the back). Back on stage, the chaos was replicated, from one shirt removal to another. Oozing charisma and charm, Idle Hands showed their range via an acoustic number which provided a palate cleansing pause from the frantic riffs and pounding melodies that feel like their early signatures. 

Still so early in their development, Idle Hands were an engrossing watch. Perhaps some edges could be smoothed, their set list for example felt a little muddled, but it was hard not to think that we were witnessing a spark of something special.

The evening was a showcase of North East talent from start to finish. BALTIC kicked things off with a polished opening set, Park View showed their blooming potential and Dayzies provided a punchy mosh-pitting segway into the main act.

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