LIVE REVIEW: Mclusky* @ The Cluny, Newcastle (09.04.22) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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It’s been eight years since Andrew ‘Falco’ Falkous resurrected one of the UK’s pre-eminent post-hardcore outfits. This is mclusky*’s third visit to The Cluny in that time, and though suggestions of new material are yet to bear fruit, the prospect of this three-piece juggernaut firing on all cylinders remains as visceral and invigorating as it’s ever been.

While the band’s Steve Albini-recorded second album McLusky Do Dallas has provided the bulk of the current incarnation’s setlists, this latest tour goes all-in; a 20th anniversary celebration showcasing the classic record in its entirety – save for the curiously unloved Clique Application Form. If such unabashed nostalgia seems a tad out of character, its manifestation nevertheless proves incendiary. With bellowing bassist Damien Sayall now fully integrated alongside Falco and founding drummer Jack Egglestone, the mclusky* of 2022 are a slick yet serrated proposition; shaped by two decades of subsequent touring; fuelled further by two years of pent-up fury. There are fleeting moments of respite, yet their ability to reach turbocharge in an instant remains gloriously undiminished – a trait evident from the outset, as traditional cold-open Fuck This Band collapses into a blazing Lightsabre Cocksucking Blues.

How long this reunion can sustain without fresh impetus remains to be seen, yet by flatly rejecting “half-convictions”, Falco fronts an onslaught which sounds as good – if not better – than mclusky*’s legion of fans remember.

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