Gig Review: Club Paradise's 'Brother' Launch Party (30/06/18)
When sort of newcomers Club Paradise first appeared on the North East music scene a few months ago there was an immediate air of intrigue as to who was behind the project.
The mystery was soon starting to unravel for me however when I caught the band support Cape Cub back in February and a certain track in their set list called ‘17’ was surprisingly familiar to my ears. I soon connected the song back to indie-pop sensations Street Party in Soho who had crossed my path in the past but seemed to have called it a day before I had the chance to see them live for myself.
After numerous hints and teasers via social media, the four-piece finally announced their debut comeback track ‘Brother’ last month due for release on the 22th June – a fabulously grooving pop track that has a real depth within its hooking rhythms and sparkling melodies.
Check out our full review of the track over here.
So what better way to celebrate this debut than with a special club night gig at the legendary Riverside in Newcastle – a prospect that would send many other up and coming acts into sweats of fear and anticipation at the challenge of doing it justice.
Doors for the unusually late night show on a summery Saturday opened promptly at 10PM with Sunderland funk-pop supergroup Picnic taking to the stage first.
The seven piece band could easily be classed as veterans to the North East music scene compared to Club Paradise with plenty of shows and music releases under their belt, but there was still a triumphant “right of passage” feel for the band to play this venue.
Their melodic funk-pop quickly had the already modestly assembled crowd dancing with plenty of unrestrained dad-dance moves (including my own I am happy to admit!).
The band themselves seemed more than comfortable on the generously sized stage that, for once, allowed enough room for all seven of them. This fact was clearly especially welcomed by dancing-queen/lead singer Robyn who, in her energetic performance, impressed with her stellar high-hitting voice.
The lack of my favourite Picnic tune ‘Bill You Murray Me’ was a minor heartbreak that I managed to overcome thanks to the number of exciting new songs in the set - all immediately ear-worming themselves into my brain with those trademark quick-witted lyrics and infectious choruses that just have to be sung along to.
They certainly left me very excited for these new tracks to be released to the masses hopefully very soon.
While a DJ kept folks entertained with plenty of classic indie tunes in the interval, the Riverside soon started to fill to a capacity that was more than respectable, proof of the dedication behind the headliner's established fans and the intrigue present in its new ones.
With a rousing welcome the four local lads took to the stage with a brimming confidence and promptly kicked their set off with shimmering tropical rhythms and soulful tones.
Frontman Ryan’s solo drum performance in the opening track added a spectacle that certainly set expectations high for the show ahead, driven even further when earlier mentioned Street Party In Soho hit ‘17’ sent fans into a glorious sing along.
Keeping the momentum going from here wasn’t going to be easy, but Club Paradise positively breezed through it with an impressive array of tunes flowing from mellow to fast-paced synth and rock melodies, showcasing the band’s wide spectrum of influences that go as far back as to the glistening 80s synth pop days.
Despite now being well past the witching hour, the night was far from over as enthusiastic clapping and dancing continued, especially so when a spectacular cover of Junior Senior’s classic ‘Move Your Feet’ was thrown in to the mix. A pretty neat choice as, besides being one of those “oh my god, I love this song, who is it by?” tracks, it also perfectly captured the atmosphere of the whole night so far.
Stand out track ‘Honey’ followed suit, with an immediately hooking groove, but of course there was no other way to conclude this highly polished performance than with their freshly released debut single ‘Brother’.
Turning night into day with it’s glowing summery beat and stirring vocals it was time for those final hip-shakes and foot-taps before it was time to say farewell – but hopefully not for too long as myself, and surely those around me, are now eagerly awaiting news of the bands next ventures.
In the meantime be sure to check out their brilliant debut track ‘Brother’ and the accompanying video just released this week.
All photography by: Bethan McConnell