LIVE REVIEW: Mt. Misery, Mt. Doubt, Eve Cole @ Bobik’s, Newcastle (05.05.22) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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The night commenced with Eve Cole playing a handful of piano-based ballads. People were still trickling in, but everyone remained quiet, intentively listening to every word. Their compositions could be dark at times, but always had an underlying cheerfulness to them, with the standout song being Spare A Soul For The Rich Man, which featured the singer’s strongest vocal performance.

Scottish performer Mt. Doubt played a surprise acoustic set over his typical band performance. I’d never seen Mt. Doubt prior, but he performed each song fluently with his powerful vocals and acoustic guitar that it left me wondering how these songs would sound as a full band. Either way, I found his set to also be hilarious, the performer had a dry humour that made everyone laugh at several points.

Headliners Mt. Misery were just as good as I expected. It’s almost a shame that the set was performed in the dark and intimate Bobik’s, because their music radiates a chill summer energy. Andrew Smith’s gentle vocals weaved in between the lush guitar work, and each crash from the drummer just hit perfectly. When performing tracks like In The Blink Of An Eye and Dreaming Days Are Over, the group captured that exact same energy and soundscape that makes debut album Once Home, No Longer such a standout record.

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