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Fiercely DIY and as unpredictable as they come, Newcastle-based duo SQUARMS head up a bill at North Shields’ The Engine Room on Thursday 5th August which promises to energise and enliven even the most pandemic-weary ears.

The self-described “cyberspace entities” concern themselves with electronica-fuelled hip-hop with a distinctly dystopian flavour. Embracing the digital age and seeking to subvert conformist agendas, their recent single Dai Jou Bu was released as ‘crypto-vinyl’, on both vinyl and as NFTs (non-fungible tokens), with the express intention of “creating new avenues for independent artists to thrive” and “opening a new ecosystem of value distribution in art”, as they explain on their website. Live, they’re capricious and creative, and in the intimate surrounds of The Engine Room they’ll no doubt produce an incendiary performance.

Joining the crypto-punks on the evening will be two artists who are themselves no strangers to innovating sounds. Experimental hip-hop artist John Dole fuses accessible electronica with effortless flow, while alt. trap/wave artist Xaatu’s multi-layered sound veers deliciously between terrifying beats and thrilling sonic meanderings.

SQUARMS, John Dole and Xaatu play The Engine Room, North Shields on Thursday 5th August


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