Algae Bloom - The Little Buildings, Newcastle.
This is fast becoming one of my favorite venues in the north east. The entire place is just one rectangular room (used as a rehearsal space by day) which is about twelve metres long and six metres wide, including space for the band and equipment so max capacity is like sixty-seventy people. Even if not many people turn up, it can feel like an "intimate" gig rather than a place bands go to die. There's no bar (it's B.Y.O.B) and most gigs are less than a fiver, because the guy who runs it usually only charges around fifty quid to hire the place out. The sound is somehow always pretty good as well! Enough gushing.
First on - Lake Coma
One bloke and his acoustic guitar singing lo fi songs in the style of a more typically emo Conor Oberst. Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate) is probably a better comparison. Like I was saying with the venue being small and close, it really benefits this sort of thing. Songs were vulnerable and engaging. Missed the first half of the set but enjoyed what I did see.
Second on - Cold Holding
A two piece guitar and vocals/drums from Southampton. Started with a stretched out post rock take on your scramz fare, turning angrier and scrappier as the gig went on. For sections of it the singer was screaming without the microphone, and you could hear it clearly. The drummer played in a simple aggressive way, throwing himself into every hit which made it really satisfying to hear/watch.
Third on - New Horror
No drums! But a drum machine and shit loads of post-punk. This lot played a few dark synthy tracks reminiscient of The Cure/a slightly heavier New Order, laying with a thicker sound. The lead singer sang like a cross between Robert Smith and Morrissey, but danced like Alan Partridge. A great mix of stuff.
Fourth on - Solanas
Not sure how long this local band have been going for, but they're not happening anymore. This was their last gig and the first time I'd seen them, and I'm immediately dissapointed I didn't see more. Three piece of scrappy post hardcore screamo with multiple vocalists, not unlike Circle Takes The Square. They played a cover of Pixies Where Is My Mind as a one off for their last show. The twenty-twenty five strong crowd sang the lyrics in earnest, myself included. Felt the annoyances of my 9-5 working week evaporate, this cheered me right up it did. Their set as a whole was great.
Last on - Algae Bloom
There's only ever been one band from Norwich that I've ever given a shit about (Maths) but now there's two. These lads did a great job of closing this gig. Sheer anger but with really great guitar playing from the guitarist, who has a decent pair of lungs to boot. This sounded like I Wrote Haikus About Cannibalism In Your Yearbook and I Hate Myself (though it felt tighter) and I was fun as hell to witness. A couple of the tracks had what felt like longer song structures than your typical band of this sort, and allowed for some quite nice build ups. Bonus points for using a sampler with audio from Magnolia to bridge the gap between tracks. Bit gutted I didn't have enough money to buy some merch, I'm looking forward to payday so I can grab a few things from these.