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Review: JAWS – 23/11/19 – Riverside, Newcastle

27/11/2019

Fans have been patiently waiting for JAWS grace the banks of the Tyne again. However, they certainly haven’t been forgotten as Riverside was rammed to the rafters and excitement was in the air well before the lights went down and Connor Scholfield, Alex Hudson and Eddy Geach entered the fray…

Taking time away from the limelight is part and parcel of being in a band and that’s certainly proven the case for the cult-indie outfit JAWS. The Birmingham trio have been away for three years, but they returned this year with their third album ‘The Ceiling’, a favourite for many, including myself. 

Fans have been patiently waiting for JAWS grace the banks of the Tyne again. However, they certainly haven’t been forgotten as Riverside was rammed to the rafters and excitement was in the air well before the lights went down and Connor Scholfield, Alex Hudson and Eddy Geach entered the fray. 

Scholfield belonged to the audience before a cord was strummed, blazoned in the famous black and white of Newcastle United. The first thing I notice about the band is their aesthetic, the stage setting is reminiscent of the 1980s and it can only be compared to the set up the Arctic Monkeys had on their most recent tour. 

‘The Ceiling’ had been my first real exposure to JAWS, so having ‘Drive at Night’ open the night was incredibly satisfying and lit the touch paper for what would be an unforgettable evening. One of the first things I noticed was how heavy Scholfield’s vocals come across in a live setting, but they still had the rawness that made fans fall in love with them in the first place. 

Nobody inside Riverside could argue with the sensory experience they were being exposed to, with the light show truly something to behold. Fans showed their satisfaction with mosh pits which cropped up all over the place for ‘What We Haven’t Got Yet’. 

After going 100mph from the off, Scholfield stripped it back for the beautiful ‘17’. It didn’t stay that way for long as they went back up the gears and fired through ‘Do You Remember’, ‘Please Be Kind’ and the incredibly soulful ‘Think Too Much, Feel Too Little’. 

The flexibility that JAWS have as artists and their interaction with their fans is in no doubt, with Scholfield’s statement of “Don’t buy The Sun” arguably receiving the loudest cheer of the night. The atmosphere took a sombre turn with an emotional rendition of ‘Breeze’ before taking us way back to the first LP for ‘NYE’ to beautifully take us into the encore. 

Those who had packed inside the Riverside gave everything they had, and their loyalty was rewarded as JAWS took the encore back in time for ‘Stay In’ and ‘Be Slowly’. The iconic ‘Gold’ wrapped up a truly magical evening. 

I really didn’t know what to expect when I arrived at Riverside, but as the lights came up and I walked along the river, I was blown away by what I had just witnessed. JAWS certainly put on a show. From the lights to the songs, it was an evening that will live long in my memory and we can only hope that their return to Tyneside won’t be too long away.

WORDS: DANIAL KENNEDY

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