LIVE REVIEW: The Twilight Sad, Man of Moon @ Newcastle University (21.10.19) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Edinburgh duo Man of Moon may be one of those bands who seem to have been on industry ‘one to watch’ lists for a curiously long time, but their opening set displays why they’ve garnered such interest. Flipping between guitar and bass, Chris Bainbridge splits the difference between sludgy blues riffs and moments of post-rock ambience, bolstered by Mikey Reid’s powerful drumming.  The pair of dance-informed stompers that close the set however showcase what should be their clear direction moving forward – and a clear route for them to move beyond being perennial supports.

Having hit a new level of acclaim and popularity in the last couple of years, tonight marks The Twilight Sad’s first time at Newcastle University (and their first show her in four years: something frontman James Graham is charmingly apologetic for). For all the confidence of their current live show – and from opener 10 Good Reasons For Modern Drugs onwards, the gamble of moving away from their early wall-of-guitars to a more textural, synth informed approach is now paying off – the band have to contend with numerous technical glitches all night that force them to abandon attempts at VTr and Sunday Day13. With the goodwill of the crowd however, they overcome these to power through a set that largely showcases the strength of their new material (Girl Chewing Gum and Videograms are particular highlights here) but climaxes with a powerful cover-as-tribute of Frightened Rabbit’s Keep Yourself Warm and a reworked, euphoric And She Would Darken The Memory. Chalk it up as another triumph over adversity for a band who’ve more than paid their dues.


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