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Hey Colossus have been one of the very best bands in the country for a very long time – so much so that they recently celebrated their twentieth anniversary with a sell-out all-dayer at Highbury Garage, a real gathering of the tribes for fans of the six-piece and their associated label Wrong Speed Records (run by bassist Joe and guitarist Chris). They first emerged with a shattering noise-rock rumble (an early comment mentioned ‘Fudge Tunnel meets Can’) but in the intervening years – and thanks to a perpetually shifting line-up – they’ve embraced everything from a Somerset-tinged strand of desert rock, deeply fucked up bad-trip psychedelia, gnarly US punk a la The Wipers and Drive Like Jehu and, on recent album In Blood, a kind of epic melancholy that’s seen some reviewers mutter the ‘goth’ word’.

Indeed, the In Blood album won them some of the best reviews so far and with memories of the aforementioned anniversary show still buoying them up, they’re heading out for a small tour that brings them to Newcastle for the first time in nearly a decade, at Lubber Fiend on October 21st. Support comes from Lucid Sins, Cheap Lunch and Sinecures.

And to celebrate the Tyneside visit they’ve given Narc the privilege of premiering their new video for TV Alone, one of the album’s real rippers, blessed with a killer riff and a highway-drive momentum. And here it is, complete with visuals from frontman Paul Sykes.

TV Alone is a live highlight from a band that makes EVERY SONG a live highlight: seriously, the HC6 in full flight is one of the finest concert experiences you’ll ever get. So you know where to be on Saturday. There are other English gigs in Preston on the 19th and Salford on the 20th (with support from our very own Irked too) before they head off for a trio of European shows.


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