LIVE REVIEW: The Surfing Magazines, Dressed Like Wolves @ The Cluny, Newcastle (23.01.22) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Tonight, Teesside’s Dressed Like Wolves’ soft acoustic tracks could not be further away from the surf pop of Surfing Magazines, though his stripped-back opening set is no less captivating. Songs like Country Walking and Trying To Walk Off Into The Sea But It’s Too Late, coupled with his quips between songs, provide a brilliant opening soundtrack.

The Surfing Magazines, however, are somewhat more upbeat this evening, their distinct brand of surf pop is evident from the off with David Tattersall in fine form as he excites the crowd, often at his band members’ expense, in the most lighthearted of ways. Every track is packed with a wonderful pop sensibility; Sports Bar, Bonsai Tree and Pink Ice Cream are all truly excellent. Add to this the band’s often mistimed choreography, exceptional instrumentals in the form of Nostaw Boogie, covers of the likes of Jonathan Richman and Neil Young, and you really cannot ask for more.

Their infectious grooves have this Sunday night crowd in wonderfully high spirits, but it’s almost impossible not to be when their tracks are this good. Occasionally, the band stray away from surf pop with the likes of I Dreamed When I Was Young and Poppies, the latter being a particularly laidback affair. Tonight’s show is one of those evenings you cannot help but smile throughout, as The Surfing Magazines provide such an excellent soundtrack to the evening.

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