The Australian is a lively chap, hurling himself this way and that before finding his way to sit on the bar and down a shot during ‘Body In A Chair’. It turns from a slow and moving allegory about a dying friend to a full on metal scream as Suburban closes a blistering and quite brilliant set.
West Yorkshire’s As Sirens Fall make a welcome return to Think Tank? following a memorable set supporting Hands Off Gretel earlier this year. They find an audience ready to extend a warm and welcoming ear. Latest single ‘We Go Down Together’ opens the set, a heavy hitting rock track. The five-piece own the stage and practically fall over each other in an attempt to out-jump one another.
‘Where You Are’ is a poppier more commercial offering. The emo element goes with the band members heavy eyeliner. There’s no doubting the band’s sincerity on the lush pop punk of ‘Lily’. The emotionally intense ‘She Runs The Wolves’ is introduced with a plea from vocalist Mikey Lord to the crowd to look after each other and not to end up like the song’s protagonist. By the time crowd favourite ‘State Of The Artist,’ comes the band have won over another Newcastle audience and are surely set for a headline set of their own in the very near future.
Two accomplished records into their career, Sumo Cyco are feeling brave as they launch into new single ‘Love You Wrong,’ a track showing what the Canadian 4-piece do best. Howling screams from front-woman Sever, break-neck stuttering metal guitars, pounding bass and fierce drums, it’s a case of why fix something that isn’t broken?
The more familiar anthem ‘Fighter’ from 2014 debut album ‘Lost In Cyco City’ follows and it’s an early indication that the band are on blistering form. They’re in the mood to rock too. ‘Undefeated’, arguably the band’s best single, is played at such a pace that the dance-hall elements to the track are all but lost in the rage which is a shame. If there’s any criticism it’s that the band don’t mix things up quite as much as they’re clearly capable.