Hands up, I am late to the Shame party! In fact I tweeted on album release day for their debut ‘Songs of Praise,’ that I didn’t know who they were. It wasn’t until my social feeds started to fill up about this band that I had enough so decided to press play…
I thought, ‘oh another loud indie male band,’ then when the third track ‘One Rizla’ came on, I continued, now understanding the hype. Seeing they were heading to The Cluny, I had to get in on the action, especially when I saw that the Berlin band Gurr were supporting. And what a night it proved to be.
Gurr opened with most of the sold-out crowd already there for the punk-pop-garage sounds. It is Gurr’s fourth visit to Newcastle. With each North East performance their crowd grows in numbers.
They engaged the crowd with their infectious energy and even had us on the floor and screaming at the top of our lungs. Unfortunately, for both bands there was no time for a real sound check. This was due to classes in neighbouring buildings. Ironic, considering that there was a song on their setlist called ‘Don’t Go To School.’
A mic malfunction saw the sound guy ‘be a part of their set’ too. Even their mini take on Gwen Stefani’s ‘Hollaback Girl’ going into ‘Rollerskate’ was fun. These little quirks added to their already enticing set.
I don’t think there was a moment to breathe for Gurr with their strong shouty vocals and lots of jumps and falls to the stage floor. They could be considered as a bubblier, female version of what we were yet to witness.
Again, a brief soundcheck and time to grab beers then with about five minutes to spare, every inch of the floor was taken. It was going to be a messy one.
The set started with a quiet introduction. However as soon as the beats got loud and front man Charlie Steen gets on the vocals for ‘Dust On Trail’, the night started as it meant to go on.