REVIEW: Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats, Spiders @ O2 Academy, Newcastle (24.11.15) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Turning up to a venue fifteen minutes before the support band is normally a fairly good guarantee of getting in with plenty of time. Tonight however, turning up fifteen minutes before a support band results in getting caught up in a queue that stretches around the entire outside of the O2 Academy that takes half an hour to filter down (and with some customers clearly not dressed in expectation of a half-hour wait outside), with no explanation or apology offered. C’est la vie.

Still, your reviewer does get in to catch some of the support, Spiders. The Dutch quartet make sense as a warm-up for Uncle Acid, sharing their seventies fixation. Unlike the headliners though, there’s no real twist or edge on offer: it’s a fun set and Ann-Sofie Hoyles boasts an ideal rock voice, but little of real note in the songs.

Having built up their fanbase through word of mouth and enthusiastic reviewers, Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats arrive to a hero’s welcome and waste no time in bringing an imposing stage presence to the room. On the basis of material aired from this year’s The Night Creeper, their John Lennon joining Black Sabbath shtick still has plenty of life in it, but it’s when they dip into choices from Blood Lust that they really kick into a powerful groove, especially on a deliciously seedy 13 Candles. Surprising as their rise so far might be, on this form it’s hard not to suspect a mainstream breakthrough might be on the cards.

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