Gig Review: Japanese TV Club's Headline show at 30.11.17
For most emerging bands in the north east playing the 02 Academy in Newcastle is a real milestone, and last Thursday lo-fi indie band Japanese TV Club did just that when they played their biggest headline show to date at this prestigious venue.
Opening the night were three of the north east’s most ruckus alt rock bands around.
First off were Newcastle three-piece NVDE who left me impressed with their ferocious energy and resonating melodies. And despite having formed fairly recently, the group hit it off with the crowd as the first shoulder-bashing moshers of the night were being thrown around in no time.
Carrying on the theme of dark, doom-filled rock were the more established No Teeth who have recently welcomed a fourth member to their lineup, adding yet another layer their already substantial grunge-rock sound.
Notorious for their enthusiastic fan-base, it didn’t take long before another uncontrollable hurling of bodies ensued; especially during the ever so unhinged yet anthemic 'She’s a Lizard'.
Chaos-rock three piece Swine Tax took the night to a next level with their polished onstage performance, epic guitar wielding and cunning sound meddling.
Frontman Vince exudes a confidence that draws you in as he throws himself around the stage during a set consisting of new tracks as well as recognisable tunes such as 'Brittle' and 'Feels Like'.
With an ever transforming sound and use of clever effects (including a sampling of Bjork talking about how TV’s works) Swine Tax are impossible to predict yet always an absolute delight to behold live.
When headliners Japanese TV Club finally hit the stage, which was notably propped with a classic rear-projection tv, our expectations were high for our first encounter with a band that had eluded us so far.
Immediately struck by their clear excitement and joy to be standing in front of a room full of new and familiar faces, the four chaps wasted no time unleashing their glimmering alt-rock sound.
With the first part of the set featuring more of their moody, guitar-laden tracks, the Sunderland band soon switched things up with the addition of synths and keys.
And if that didn't make their sound diverse enough their tender ballads were just as well received by their doting audience, happily swaying around the cosy Academy2 in classic ballroom fashion. The show finally culminated in an impressive conga line that, concluding the night on a satisfying high.
Japanese TV Club definitely have something for everyone and are not shy of talent and dedication, with plenty of charm to boot.
We certainly will keep an eager watch on the band's next move and you should do the same by following their social media as well as the usual music streaming sites.