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Math rock (of a certain kind) isn’t dead yet. The trend that blossomed a few years ago only to be forgotten as a stand-alone genre not so long after birth is alive and well in the region, having been absorbed into the sound of some of the finest emerging bands the North East has to offer. The four bands playing together at the Head of Steam on Tuesday 3rd March have all infused their sound with the complex, intelligent melodies of the short-lived genre, creating some weird and wonderful fusions that are pushing the boundaries of what indie and rock has to offer.

Since exploding on to the local scene in 2013, Schultz have gained an impressive reputation for complex and gloomy rock with some highly technical, yet always perfectly executed, songs. Across their two years, Schultz have managed to defy any logic of genres and skip with ease between Smiths-esque indie, dark Joy Division post-punk and Dutch Uncles-like quirkiness, making them one of the most interesting and genuinely exciting bands around at the minute. If you’ve never experienced a Schultz gig before, then prepare to be consistently surprised and delighted by their thoroughly contemporary blend of shoegaze fuzz and math rock intricacies.

They’re joined by fellow Newcastle four-piece Hunting Game, who are set to complement Schultz beautifully with their equally logic-defying combo of genres. Sitting somewhere between the math rock of early Foals, ambient and jazz (there’s a connection in there somewhere), their recent release La Caza was an explosion of loud, catchy choruses and melodic subtlety with fuzzy atmospherics bursting from the seams.

Rounding off the bill are the duo of WAKE (otherwise known as one of the most exciting and explosively intense local bands around at the minute) and Mongeese, the quartet who are purveyors of all things darkly progressive. If you like your rock a bit more complex with some intelligent nods to a variety of weird and wonderful genres, then the foursome of bands playing on this bill are just what you’ve been searching for.

Schultz, Hunting Game, WAKE and Mongeese play at the Head of Steam, Newcastle on Tuesday 3rd March.

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