Gig Review: The Pasolas w/ Special Guests @ Head Of Steam Newcastle
An absolutely awe-inspiring bunch of bands performed tonight at The Head Of Steam in Newcastle, here's a blow by blow of all the artists involved…
As Giraffes approached the stage, the aura they brought with them set the scene for the night as a whole. The indie duo's new 2018 releases ‘Drag Me Down’, ‘Run’ and ‘Home To You’ provide insight on what this band can achieve with rhythmic twangy guitar tones alongside complimentary melodic vocals. The attention to detail in their tunes is a perfect example of how up and coming bands make in into the indie scene, they know what sound they are aiming for and they plan on continuing to capture new sounds in the future with their ‘1998’ EP which will be coming out in the next few months.
Next on the stage were the indie lads of Butterjunk, The local four-piece displayed true emotion throughout their set, with their incredible stage presence and exhilarating music truly setting a high standard for the rest of the night. It’s clear to see that Butterjunk well and truly deserve every inch of success they’ve received so far, and I’m incredibly excited to see what the future holds for these lads.
This new take on indie music leaves me hopeful for what is to come in the future, as the lads are full of ideas and emotion and will continue to produce tracks that will change the dynamic of their song writing.
Third up was the lads from Walthamstow, East London, who put on a great set in front of their Geordie crowd. There’s no denying that Shanghai Blues take their influences from the abundant indie scene, wearing them quite openly on their sleeves and presenting them in their sound.
Their thumping melodic bass-lines bring a modern and contemporary indie sound that nods to their muses and shimmer throughout their tracks. Already having attracted the attention from BBC Music, NME and Clash Magazine, these guys quickly proved why there has been much interest surrounding them as of late.
Finally, the anticipation for the headline act arose among those in attendance. The Pasolas, a four piece beach blues rock band from the North East, brought plenty of energy and promptly captured the crowd with their sound. These lads have all the attributes of an impressive bluesy rock band, and their style is reminiscent of their role models and inspirations while their tunes show heart and character. The rolling guitar chimes complimented the the bass, proving each member knows what role they have to play to contribute to the euphoric sound they create.
You’ve really got to hand it to this band, with a strong sense of versatility, broad array of talents and crowd appeal that are second-to-none.
The band also came packing a sense of attitude and swagger, while the way they harmonised and strung together melodic guitar riffs captured the ears of the crowd.
These lads are here to stay, and with new tunes coming out in the future we can only wait and see how much they have developed and worked on their sound.
This was a fabulous performance to end a spectacular night of bands, with raw power and emotion they pulled together a cracking set, what a night...
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