LIVE REVIEW: Martha, Moronophonics, Fast Blood @ Star & Shadow Cinema, Newcastle (17.04.19) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Tonight marks the promotional debut for Our DIY Hearts, and if there’s any downside it’s that this sold out room of smiling faces may prove mightily difficult to top. It’s a maiden outing too for openers Fast Blood, and though they do leave room for improvement there’s no question they’re off on the right footing. Granted, they’re of a similar vintage to the rest of Durham’s DIY clan, yet their pacey punk punch packs plenty of thrills, and is certainly more sophisticated than anything offered by Moronophonics. That’s no censure though, as this trio’s rudimentary power chords are undeniably effective – not least during a buoyant, boogie-inducing final salvo.

We’re a tad behind schedule by the time Martha take to the stage, and whether or not it’s related tonight is as urgent and vital as they’ve ever sounded. What follows is an hour or so of rough ‘n’ ready pop punk perfection. There’s nary a trough to speak of; and were you to organise a poll you suspect there’d be no consensus whatsoever regarding standouts. What is clear is that those assembled now regard Christine, Bubble In My Bloodstream et al as genuine bona fide classics – and while most haven’t yet had time to learn the words, there’s a palpable sense that Are You Into This? and other cuts from new album Love Keeps Kicking are on a similar path. Glorious stuff.

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