LIVE REVIEW: NICK GLADDISH, LOST LOT @ THE ENGINE ROOM, NORTH SHIELDS (21.04.24) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Nick Gladdish and his band are celebrating the release of brand-new single It’ll Be Fine (She Said), and this performance marked a special moment in their musical adventure. The North East music scene is bursting with incredible original music at the minute, and it’s always encouraging to see the combined love and support for each artist and their intricate journey.

But first, the marvellous support act. With a sound that complemented Gladdish’s style yet brought its own unique flair to the stage, Lost Lot captivated the audience through tight harmonies and catchy melodies. My personal favourite was their newest track, Different Kind of Heartbreak, and they perfectly set the stage for what was to follow.

The Nick Gladdish band is comprised of John Timney on drums, Adam Cornell on bass, Tim Higgins on electric guitar, and of course Nick Gladdish on lead vocals, keys, and acoustic guitar. Although this was just the second gig they’ve done in two and a half years, it’s safe to say their on-stage dynamic was electric, and this only intensified as the evening went on.

Gladdish’s music strikes a perfect balance between relatable, personal storytelling and a gritty, rocky edge that sets him apart in the singer-songwriter scene. His lyrics cut deep, exploring themes of love, loss, and the human experience. Opening with the powerful song Anything & Nothing, this number was the perfect choice to welcome the audience into his world of musical multiplicity.

The beauty of Gladdish’s signature sound is the way in which there’s something for everyone. From entire piano ballads such as Blurry Lines to tracks featuring bluesy rock guitar inflections like Right Side of Wrong, the repertoire developed is both meticulous and all-encompassing.

But it wasn’t just the music that made the night special; it was the atmosphere. The intimate setting of the Engine Room allowed for a connection between artist and audience that is often missing in larger venues. There was a sense of camaraderie among attendees, united by their love for original music and the shared experience of witnessing something truly special.

It was a night filled with laughter, sentiment, and everything in between – a true testament to the power of music to move the soul. If you ever have the chance to catch them live, don’t hesitate. You won’t regret it.

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