LIVE REVIEW: TV SMITH @ ANARCHY BREW CO., Newcastle (24.01.20) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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A true punk troubadour, TV Smith is renowned for a thrilling live show that stands as testament to the longevity of the punk spirit, and this evenings show proves this and more. As the former Adverts frontman takes the stage, he wastes no time in tearing through punk-era anthem, No Time To Be 21 with an infectious energy; he stamps at the floor — an ad hoc rhythm section — emanating a distinctly gruff vocal as the sinews in his neck stand taught. With a deft nod to environs of the evening, Smith welcomes the crowd to accompany him on a rousing rendition of The Drink; encouraging the “shy and retiring” North East people to accompany him on its rousing refrain — drawing out a wry smile from even the most hardened of punk facades present.

It’s not all punk furore however, as Smith showcases his song writing versatility on more poignant numbers like It’s Expensive Being Poor and No Hope Street. Finally, much to the delight of the hardcore punk coterie present, Smith drives through stirring renditions of Gary Gilmore’s Eyes, Bored Teenagers and One Chord Wonders in quick-fire succession. With support from acoustic punk stalwarts Cherry & Peesh, tonight proves that though punk has long been proclaimed dead, its legacy continues to thrive, and for many, still stands as a true people’s music.

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