Gig Review: Club Paradise's 'Sugar' Launch Gig
On a cold winter's night, a small Geordie venue brought the town warmth in the form of tropical tunes and hearty beats.
Promoted through the now well established Rhyme, the gig heralded the coming together of local indie pop legends Deep.Sleep and the undeniable kings of atmospheric tropical vibes Club Paradise.
First up though were the North East based indie lads of Amongst Echoes.
This being the first time I'd experienced them, I was interested to see what they could bring to the table. Despite the curse of playing to a small opener crowd, they managed to keep the attention of the modest throng, much to their credit.
Although they presented a selection of solid, melodic original tracks, they really got the crowd moving thanks to a well chosen cover of The Wombats' 'Moving to New York'. Not only did they do this classic banger justice, they managed to make it their own and the now growing crowd were far more malleable following this much needed warm up.
All in all, a pretty safe but solid set and I reckon they'd be worth a second shot in front of a larger, more attentive crowd perhaps.
By contrast, it was clear from the outset that Deep.Sleep's following were out in force. With their bouncy attitude, epitomized by the now legendary presence of the energized bassist Snazy, they soon had smiles on everyone's faces as they religiously chanted their choruses back to them.
By this point you know what you're getting when it comes to Deep.Sleep; good fun and weary dancing shoes both of which they delivered in spades.
The last time I saw Club Paradise was at the launch of their debut single 'Brother' at The Riverside back in June. This time, presenting their brand new offering 'Sugar', the feel of the room couldn't be more different. While the much larger stage and crowd presence at the Riverside offered the chance to experience the band in a setting that felt like an epic resurgence, the smaller Think Tank? performance felt much more modest and therefore honest. Rather than feeling cheated, this change of scenery actually worked to the band's credit as we were able to see them up close and in a much more personal and intimate way.
Due credit also must go to promoters Rhyme and the masterminds behind the choice of support band. While the venue wasn't packed despite it's size, the night proved that sometimes, quality wins out over quantity. The perfect melding of die-hard Club Paradise fans and the easy going boogiers brought along by Deep.Sleep made for a highly active and ecstatic crowd. Helped along by the typically at ease and endearingly cheeky attitudes of the lads, particularly guitarist Jackson (Pictured Below), they even had my sober, cold ridden ass moving, laughing and singing along. All in all, an excellent night of high octane and soaring indie tunes from three of the most promising young bands on the scene. Keep your eyes firmly on this lot...
Photography by Will Gorman