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Three years on from a mighty visitation to The Tyne Bar, Glasgow’s finest psych exponents The Cosmic Dead are making their long-awaited Newcastle return at The Cluny on Saturday 14th July.

Self-described as a “psychonautal cosmodelic buckfaustian quartet” (so no, they don’t take themselves too seriously), their exploratory and increasingly heavy take on psychedelic rock has only grown in stature in recent years, with 2016’s Psych Is Dead album on the ever-essential Riot Season Records bringing them to a wider audience than ever before.

Their upcoming summer dates also mark the debut of a radically different line-up. With the amicable departure of Lewis Cook and Julian Dicken, remaining members James McKay and Omar Aborida have drafted in Headless Kross’ Tommy Duffin on drums and the force of nature that is Russell Gray – AKA the crazed mastermind behind Girl Sweat and Girl Sweat Pleasure Temple Ritual Band – on electronics and lap steel to create a whole new Cosmic Dead. As such, it’s a special chance to get an early glimpse at this resurrected, renewed band.

The brains at The Cluny have recruited a suitably fierce clutch of supports to boot. Having gained significant national and international praise for their deft, progressive take on post-metal, Kylver make an appearance as main support, whilst Newcastle’s own increasingly in-demand psych-rock improvisers Snakes Don’t Belong In Alaska open the evening. Just because you’re waiting for some Buckfast-fuelled third-eye opening is no reason not to be punctual with a bill like this on the cards.


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