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Mononymous musician Lawrence has some intense dedication to his art: he’s been making music in various guises through the 1980s as frontman of Felt, and again in Denim in the 1990s. His contributions to post-punk and rock have been simultaneously immense and almost entirely unrecognised, as both bands are paradoxically infamous for their failure to launch the Birmingham native into stardom.

Now, his latest incarnation Go-Kart Mozart is onto its fourth album since 1999, and Lawrence may finally have hit his stride. Glam-pop record Mozart’s Mini-Mart has been five years in the making, and this latest offering is unapologetically honest in subject. He’s found a niche writing pop hits about his own cult status and difficulties breaking out into the mainstream with his self-proclaimed “B-side band.” Perhaps a dash of irony was all he needed to make a name for himself; Relative Poverty and When You’re Depressed are brutally honest depictions of life as a struggling aged rockstar, set to eye-wateringly jolly synth-pop beats.

It seems as though there’s no better time than the present for Go-Kart Mozart to have their Newcastle debut, as they finally visit the city to play the freshly revamped Star & Shadow Cinema on Friday 29th June. Let’s hope it’s worth the wait.


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