LIVE REVIEW The Burning Hell, Dressed Like Wolves @ MIMA (23.5.16) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Dressed Like Wolves frontman Richie takes the stage with his own haphazard take on events. Individual and unique, his songs entertain those who welcome a challenge. His alternative folk pop and lo-fi indie slant on life may create a style that some may find difficult. However, smart banter and a warm rapport with the audience keep them snugly in his palm. Having achieved seemingly minor cult status amongst Teesside’s music underground his songs underwhelm slightly. His falsetto voice struggling to find balance with tonight’s venue and poor acoustics. Much credit though goes to a songwriter doing things the only way he knows how.

Canada’s finest The Burning Hell follow-up, and are eager and very keen to entertain. Mathias, Ariel and the crew are back in Teesside almost 12 months after their last visit, and although hampered by MIMA’s glass fronted atrium and goldfish bowl acoustics; they fire off a winning show against adversity. Think Pavement and Granddaddy fuelled on Dr Seuss and Monty Python; those new to The Burning Hell tonight will walk away as fans.

Kicking off with old favourites Everybody Needs A Body and Grownups, frontman and lyrical Gatling gun Mathias Kom charms a warm and well educated audience. Here to promote their new album Public Library, tonight they are heavier in sound but have songs no less catchy than before. Fuck The Government I Love You ends the evening with a sing-a-long from an enthusiastic audience with Koms clever satirical observations managing to stay on the right side of surreal.

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