LIVE REVIEW: Orchards, Petrie, Hannah Robinson @ Head Of Steam, Newcastle (27.02.22) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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It’s no small feat to start a party on a cold Sunday night in Newcastle, however Brighton’s finest math pop trio Orchards achieved just that.

Local singer songwriter Hannah Robinson, joined on stage by her Tame Impala-esque electric guitarist (in both appearance and guitar tone) played tracks that are nothing short of dreamy. New song Nineteen was perhaps the highlight, with a chorus drenched in electric guitar ducking and weaving with her acoustic. Pop duo Petrie were the hidden gems of the evening, taking everyone in the basement venue by visible surprise. Their 80s linen suit-clad singer bounced about the stage accompanied by drum machine and synth, with an incredible voice and a stage presence that would give the likes of Charlie Puth a run for his money.

Riding high off a Liverpool football club win moments earlier, Orchards positive energy is infectious as they ignite the room instantly. They embark on a greatest hits set from album Lovecore and most recent EP Trust Issues, awash with mathy riffs and high kicks. Guitarist Sam plays like he’s fighting his guitar, which at one point ends up behind his head. Penultimate track Luv U 2 sees vocalist Lucy getting the crowd matching energy levels and jumping up and down as closer Age Of You brings the party you don’t want to end to a spectacular close. 

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