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Three months in and Beyond the Wall’s events aren’t showing any sign of slowing down any time soon. But when you’ve got a line-up that includes balls-to-the-wall psych rock, mind-boggling tempo changes and playful harmonies (sometimes all together) then why would you want it to stop? The third event in Charlie Dancer and Ollie Winn’s monthly gig series sees three purveyors of riffy goodness descend on the Head of Steam in Newcastle on Friday 16th January for a night of unadulterated rock.

Maidenhead’s Poor Michael proclaim themselves to be lo-fi pioneers; the trio recently released their single Empire (PIAS), which is packed to the brim (and potentially overflowing) with powerful psychedelic twangs and so-delicious-they’re-raunchy basslines. Their hyper-tight set up means they’re always a force to behold live.

Newcastle-based Coquin Migale, meanwhile, like to lure their audience in with sugary sweet vocals before packing in some venomous chords and a unique ability to go from nought to sixty in about a second. Their latest EP F E E L is filled with catchy tunage that just won’t leave your ears. Rounding off the bill are the lesser-known Blind Buffalo. Hailing from Hexham, the indie four-piece are relatively new to the scene but deliver a sound that can only be described as like hearing Julian Casablancas fronting The Wombats. Translation: they give us ridiculous earworms with a good bit of grittiness on the side.

Poor Michael, Coquin Migale and Blind Buffalo play at The Head of Steam, Newcastle on Friday 16th January.

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