LIVE REVIEW: Man Made @ Tynemouth Surf Cafe (12.03.16) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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On the face of things the birth of viral culture appears to have assigned the unenviable task of touring to build a reputation as a thing of the past; how refreshing it is then to see a band hop in a van and graft. I’ve seen Man Made a few times in the last two years and the enigmatically charming Manc three-piece seem to get better with every show.

Nile Marr strikes you as a man who likes to see the whites of his audience’s eyes; so much so that if you asked the band to describe their perfect venue you’d probably end up with the Surf Cafe in Tynemouth. Barely enough room to swing a Jaguar and packed to the rafters. Midway through unashamedly jangly Bring Some the complete failure of a bass amp gives the audience a chance to witness why it is so imperative that bands must learn their craft. With the swagger of a seasoned professional Marr addresses the crowd (off mic) and quips on the fact this is exactly what you should expect “if you plug this much gear into somebody’s kitchen”. A quick cable reshuffle and love song to Manchester Raining In My Head precedes the set’s first balls out crescendo in the form of former single Carsick Cars. Psych-tinged You Never Know How It Feels showcases a different dimension to the band, and is no less impressive than the warm bosom of alt. rock they most frequently call home, and Plastic Key To Living offers more of the same. Upcoming album title track (due for release at the end of April) TV Broke My Brain is a far more honest, raucous affair, before a mammoth 14 song set comes to a close with All Mine.

If you’re yet to see a Man Made show and are a fan of Modest Mouse, jangly alt. rock and sequinned stage garments, I’d get to their next North East outing. The boys are going places.

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