LIVE REVIEW: She Drew The Gun, Peaness, Sing Again Syren @ Riverside, Newcastle (05.11.19) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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The gig began with stellar support from two female fronted bands, Peaness and powerful up and comers Sing Again Syren. Acting as a throwback to the incredible riff-heavy sounds of the classic rock era, Sing Again Syren were oozing style with slick, bluesy vocals and brutal crunching drums. Peaness followed this with their blend of upbeat, up-tempo, feel good tracks; their fun loving sounds and energy setting the mood for the night.

With both support acts raising the bar to a high standard, She Drew The Gun had big shoes to fill in order to keep energies high. Kick-starting their set with the punchy Resister, they started strong. The rhythm section drove a lot of the more groove-heavy tracks, such as No Hole In My Head and fan favourite Something For The Pain. As the set unfolded however, this energy seemed to dwindle; the bold, energetic hits soaked in that signature 90s synth sound were strong but when the band entered into the stripped back, slower tracks, they seemed somewhat lost, struggling to hold the crowd’s interest. At times, you were left wondering if the performers themselves were invested in the show either, and the performance often felt de-saturated of the passion and emotion you’d typically expect from such a politically-charged band.

Despite the duller moments of the set, there were still several crowd pleasers scattered throughout, including the final uplifting track Sweet Harmony, which saw the band raise the bar to a standard I had expected.


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