LIVE REVIEW: Kid Kapichi, Dead Pony @ Newcastle University Students’ Union (04.04.24) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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It’s an early start for tonight’s support act, Dead Pony, as they blaze into heavy cuts from their soon-to-be-released debut album. Full of spirit from lead singer Anna Shields and with a sound a lot heavier live than on recording, Dead Pony provide a suitable warm-up for the lively Kid Kapichi as they sprint across a genres – from punk and two-tone to indie rock and electro – in a relentless set complete with energy and edge. 

Leading with tracks from new album There Goes The Neighbourhood, Kid Kapichi are on great form; frontman Jack Wilson seemingly refusing to stand still as he bops, spits and mixes parts of Pete Doherty with Johnny Rotten and Suggs in a savage, breathless barrage about broken Britain and the cost of living crisis. Let’s Get To Work and 999 (with its repetitive “fight fight fight” refrain) – both taken from the new album – mix punk with indie rock in a focused attack on modern living, apathy and a world of keyboard warriors. This band might be one of the best live acts around when it comes to leading a spirited approach to living and not settling for what you’re asked to accept. Great stuff.

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