LIVE REVIEW: Nova Twins, Cherym @ The Cluny, Newcastle (13.02.22) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Riot Grrrl is back. This night showcased edgy 90’s energy, more inclusive than ever within a safe space via the listed Nova Twins’ posters which demanded ‘WE ARE PRO LOVE AND RESPECT! NO HARRASMENT, RACISM, HOMOPHOBIA, TRANSPHOBIA, XENOPHOBIA, ABLEISM’.

Nova Twins opened with recent hit Antagonist, then called for the EP1 fans and treated them to Bassline Bitch. Covering a full discography with new music debuting too, unreleased song Cleopatra has more synth, but is undeniably Nova Twins in style. It’s hard to describe their genre, but you could call it grime-electro-metal-punk.

Singer Amy had an enthralling confidence, performing dance moves (an impressive surprise to see in a punk band) which highlighted her skills to entertain the audience and her vocals heightened the rap influence on the punk duo. Bassist Georgia had a mysterious swagger about her, carrying her ginormous bass into her own solo stage moshes.

Cherym supported, who came on stage to a mashup of iconic Mean Girls sound clips. Their sound suggested 90’s America, with a merge of Blink-182 style sounds and an Irish, high-pitched vocal. A positive energy stemmed from the trio’s music. In performing We’re Just Friends, a song concerning LGBTQ+ couples getting mistaken for friends or siblings, the band shouted “This one is for the gays, where are the gays!!!”, which saw an eruption of love from the crowd.

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