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Echoing the grandeur of Tony Wilson and Alan Erasmus’ Factory Records, End of the Trail Records stake their flag firmly on the side of the musician.  They even have a policy: “All acts are free to go when and where they want and take all copyrights, royalties, artwork and recorded masters with them. WE ARE OWNED BY THE BANDS.”

Rest your heads all ye musicians fearful that the label may take the Factory thing a little too seriously by encouraging  blood-skimmed signatures.  The policy has an addendum: “We do not believe in contracts.  We believe in music.” They certainly do, as evidenced by their latest showcase gig on Friday 20th March at the Cluny.

Mark James Hammond opens the night, playing songs from his well-received debut album, The Dead Sea Tapes.  The album has been praised for the nakedness of its arrangements and its complex emotional power. Hawkeye Roadshow then take up the baton. The Newcastle 4-piece take huge inspiration from soul and 60s blues, playing huge guitar solos evoking the 6-string Shamanism of Hendrix.  The group are part of burgeoning Ouseburn initiative Little Buildings who have, rather admirably, been championing local bands such as Calf and Canyons by providing space for rehearsal, gigs and recordings.

Go Fiasco were formed in Liverpool in 2012 and have already garnered plaudits from Dave Monks (BBC Intro Merseryside), Mark Beaumont (NME) and someone I think we all know, Alan McGee.  Go Fiasco assert their place as top wolf in the pack of leading Merseyside bands with their towering new single, Heaven. The Face are a 4 piece band leaning on the legacy of 60s psych/indie/rock’n’roll.  Debut EP The Power is a tour de force of raw emotion and blistering truth all through the filter of that unquantifiable asset, Geordie charm.

Headliners The Middens are known for a superb live show, full of energy, blending punchy rock with a new wave bent.  These four (very!) young lads from North Shields seem to defy their youthful looks with their mature and vibrant style of New Wave/Mod influenced rock, executed brilliantly with passion and verve. The band have steadily built a following from doing literally hundreds of gigs, having been playing together for around five years, yet they have only recently reached the official age for consuming alcohol.

The End of the Trail Records gig takes place at The Cluny, Newcastle on Friday 20th March.

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