The best thing about local gigs is that there is almost always at least one brilliant local support act to discover. This time it was Cova Castle (who by the way, sneaky plug, are playing a headline set at Think Tank on November 16th). Cova Castle look and sound like a true indie rock band.
Their style is on point and so is their sound; at the same time infectious and heavy, even when cursed with not just one but two broken guitars. James Morrison once said ‘You can’t play on broken strings’, but Cova Castle are living proof that you can very much still play a rocking show on a guitar that has only five.
Next up were electronic synth-pop trio AXLS. If you know that their music is inspired by science fiction and alien abductions, their performance makes a lot of sense and you will love every bit of it. If you don’t however, you’re not really prepared. Their sound is one that is clearly well thought out and you have to let yourself dive in to enjoy. Thursday’s gig was simply the wrong crowd. However, if my Geordie neighbours in the crowd were anything to go by, AXLS managed to win over a somewhat confused crowd by the end of their set.
As it should be, the main event and the most impressive performance of the night came from headliners MarthaGunn. From the moment they walked on stage, they had the audience firm in their grasp. I’m pretty sure the audience fell silent for the first time that night when lead singer Abi Woodman started singing the opening verse to ‘Love and Emotion’. And for good reason.