Gig Review: No Teeth/Lovely Wife/FEMUR/ Natures Irresistable Love
Lovely Wife, FEMUR and Natures Irresistable Love, accompanied No Teeth on the 4th of August at Think Tank in Newcastle. Each band brought a different wave of heavy punk music, and each did so with grace and melodic sludge.
The first band on was Natures Irresistable Love (NIR). They greeted the audience appropriately by screaming “We came here to do one thing and one thing only: TO ROCK AND ROLL!”, although could already tell their intentions by the Flying-V guitar that the frontman was clutching. They were welcomed with a few laughs and some eager screams, before kicking off their set with a proud, fuzzy, heavy punk track.
NIR seem to have a mad, believable, presence about them that suggests that they're all utterly engulfed in the sludge music they're playing. It was like they were all individually consumed in the moment, so much so that they had lost control; they all seemed to just be possessed by their instruments.
NIR's whole set was half an hour of head-banging and long hair flying all over the place, much to the delight of the crowd. Their clever, muffed-sounding, guitars and dooming drum beats were truly amazing and reminded me a lot of The Melvins and Alice In Chains.
All in all, these guys kicked off the night with a punch and a kick.
The second band to take the stage were Lovely Wife. A band made up of a bassist, a vocalist, and two drummers. One drummer was on a 7-piece, keeping the main beat, and the other was on a 3\4piece kit adding a snare-centred beat, which created quite a savage tone.
The vocalist did not sing words or lyrics, instead he sung with chants, screeches and peculiar vocal noises; all sounding barbaric and savage. The bassist was the rhythmic glue of the band, keeping everyone together with raw, driving riffs. Lovely Wife were extremely interesting to hear live as they actually just played a full set of improvised music, without any pauses. It was non-stop, brutal punk.
These guys had a very wild and fierce vibe about them the whole night, I think everyone in the crowd was completely engrossed.
The third band was called FEMUR, and travelled all the way from Sheffield to support No Teeth. Their neo-punk style of performance heavily reminded me of Cabbage and even Slaves, these guys clearly knew what they were doing.
I think everyone in the crowd were all a little bit taken aback by FEMUR's stage presence. They stomped around the stage like they were being electrified, and pounded their instruments as if they were punching bags, it was quite riveting to see.
The guitarists both had at least 10 or 11 pedals in front of each of them, which proved to make the guitars sound like synths and industrial machines.
FEMUR spread their fan base to Newcastle tonight without a doubt. I'd love to see them play up here again sometime.
And finally, a little bit behind schedule (but nobody seemed to notice, or mind!), No Teeth took to the stage in impressive numbers. The band has seemed to sprout into a large family over the past few months, and on the 4th, added about four new members.
Ex-NVDE member Jack Wallace appeared on a floor tom drum, and Matthew from Roxy Girls also appeared playing some assorted Kenyan drums. All in all, there were 7 members on stage and I think everyone felt a little bit of sympathy for the sound guy...
Everyone was excited for the orchestra of doom-punk, that is No Teeth, to play.
With a set that included their new EP and a selection of their classics, its safe to say the guys blew everyone away. The room was pulsing with 'black butter' and it was amazing.
The 4th of August was an amazing night at Think Tank. The heavy side of the music scene is alive and well in Newcastle and bursting with development, as always.