REVIEW: Brix And The Extricated, Yellow Creatures, Mouses @ The Cluny (22.11.15) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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As a burst of energy on a very soggy and very dark Sunday night, Billingham duo Mouses don’t skimp on the enthusiasm. Often sounding like they’re less interested in playing their songs as opposed to beating them up, they take sugary, strange pop songs in an Elephant 6 vein and filter them through walls of grungy distortion and pounding drums. A loud, frantic start to the evening.

Having kept relatively quiet for the last few months, tonight finds Yellow Creatures taking the opportunity to trial a new batch of material ahead of new releases next year. On this evidence, they’ve taken the muscular post-punk and eccentric garage rock of their previous work but found new ways to open their sound up: Paul Gardner’s synths have become an even more vital part of the puzzle, adding a new-found sense of grace to the band’s performance.

But there’s no doubt who the crowd in The Cluny have turned out to see tonight. Bringing together the all-time classic Fall rhythm section of Paul and Steve Hanley (as well as more recent Fall member Steve Trafford) alongside Brix Start-Smith, The Extricated bring back to life some of the proudest and brightest moments in The Fall’s long, winding history. A stomping US 80-90s opens proceedings in imperious form, with the rest of the set delivering classics like The Valley Of The Dolls Goes Motorik Of L.A. and Lay Of The Land – and the joy of seeing Steve Hanley back in action playing that bass line – with real delight and panache.

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