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Eminent promoters Wandering Oak are bringing three eclectic performances to Newcastle’s Head of Steam on Monday 26th August, with Anglo/Canadian headliners Pottery leading the charge. The outfit’s energetic and frenetic style has been inspired by Josef K, Orange Juice and Devo; the Montreal-based band initially cut their teeth with performances across their hometown, but it was the release of their debut single Hank Williams which would bring wider acclaim with its layers of soft, indie vocals across a more jarring guitar riff and crashing symbols. The weird and wonderful debut formed part of their album, No.1, which was released earlier this year.

They’ll be ably supported by Sunderland’s Roxy Girls, whose frenetic punky pop will please fans of fellow Mackems The Futureheads, Wire and Yummy Fur. With a debut EP release on the respected Moshi Moshi label on the horizon, and a live show which is as thrilling as their recorded output, they’re a highlight on any bill they grace. Also performing are Newcastle-by-way-of-York’s Beanotown Secret Police, whose tunes lean heavily on synth sounds, with a chaotic energy making them far more ravey than you might expect, with the spoken-word vocal of lead single Romans bringing to mind the acid tongue of John Cooper Clarke.

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