Gig review: Fufanu, Slutface and Harry Smith
Icelandic oddballs Fufanu hit the Head of Steam in Newcastle last night with raucous enthusiasm despite a small crowd.
After releasing their first EP 'Adjust To The Light' last year, Fufanu stopped by Newcastle while bulldozing their way through the UK on their latest tour.
The venue was small and intimate, with that genuinely authentic feel of a place which is steeped in local and national music culture.
First up was support in the form of up-and-coming local artist Harry Smith. After receiving a raving review for his track 'Forget Your Name' in NARC Magazine, Harry proves to be far from forgettable. Atmospheric and touching tunes abound as he serenaded the crowd with his trademark vulnerable charm. Despite playing to such a small crowd, he managed to keep eveyone invested and entertained with original songs alongside a impressive a Lana Del Ray cover.
Harry’s stripped down set worked well in such an intimate setting, but it would be interesting to see how the artist grows into his genre as he finds his feet and moves onto bigger things.
By comparison, the second support act, Slutface, took the venue by storm with their unstoppable energy. Relentless and catchy anthems mixed with their confident stage presence in a way that made me imagine them headlining far larger venues with no trouble at all. Despite hailing from Norway and being far from home, the band interacted and entertained the audience with an unapologetic yet accessible attitude. Great crowd movers such as 'Kill 'em With Kindness' left us all wanting more, definitely one to catch, should they visit again.
When Fufanu finally took to the stage it was in the midst of a criminally small crowd.
Despite their obvious disappointment at the turn out, they performed with considerable passion and vigor. A mesmerising and unique band, Fufanu mixes a moody vocal drawl, indicative of artists such as Ian Curtis, with energetic guitars and synth.
Frontman, Kaktus Einarsson, positively exploded with intensity, drawing the crowd into the band’s melancholic style and solidifying their presence as a promising and distinctive band and one that I cannot wait to see again.
Spotlight rating 4/5