Live at The Cumberland Arms, Newcastle

I only catch the final song by opening act John Egdell, but I enter to a completely silent room so the audience are either completely rapt or completely nonplussed. I think they are rapt. Second support E'spaniel are endearingly self deprecating. This is their first gig and they're apologising before a single note has been played. No need really, because they've written a very nice batch of songs. Their sound is startlingly similar to an early (just learning the ropes) New Order, but this is actually quite an assured performance for a debut and one that will no doubt blossom.

Live at The Cumberland Arms, Newcastle

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At first The Lindsay Tin don’t come across quite as quirky as their name and eclectic stage setup would suggest. They are a guitar duo who tease the audience with a selection of other instruments scattered around the stage and after a subdued opening of “I Am All That I Owe” the band run through some in your face folk-rock with brings to mind the straight-up bombast of Del Amitri or some other mid 90s chart botherers.

Live at The Cumberland Arms, Newcastle

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As Thomas Truax said onstage this evening; it’s the 29th of February, an extra day, a freebie, so why not make the most of it. The crowd in the intimate setting of the Cumberland Arms certainly made the most of it tonight, looking on in wonder/bewilderment at Thomas and his ever expanding array of homemade “instruments”. Before that though we get another one man show in the form of Waskerley Way, a local musician who loops shoe-gaze guitar layers with naturally indistinguishable vocals and a laptop rhythm section.