Arc Collective Live @Little Buildings: Jak Jak / Serfa / Mac The Gunner
Well…I have to say that this was one of the most memorable local gigs I have ever been too. The anticipation in the air was immense as Arc Collective managed their final gig with typical success. The lineup was perfect for any indie rock lovers out there, with hard heavy hitting drum and bass melodies alongside memorable guitar riffs. This was the night when Arc Collective had reached a total of 1000 people at their gigs, a massive achievement as the management had only started just over a year ago.
First on the lineup were, Mac The Gunner…
A select few drummers aren’t content to purely busk to the beat. No, they want to sing! Singing lead and playing drums simultaneously is one of the more difficult roles to accomplish in popular music, but Mac The Gunner absolutely pull this off to a tee. They ignore the norm of having a front man who plays rhythm and sings, instead trusting their instincts and understanding what sounds strong, this indicates a truly great band.
The band captures imagery of the likes of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and even Oasis with strong mellow vocals and Noel Gallagher-esque guitar riffs. The likes of ‘Rumble’ features inspirations from many indie rock bands, with an intro that subdues into a heavy but progressive track and features licks and riffs that carry the track along. The main riff in this track is an eye opener to what this band can achieve if they all stick to their guns (pun intended), the style of guitar playing is very similar to The Stone Roses’ early tunes which clearly makes a bold statement. To conclude, these lads are driven and inspired and will continue to produce tracks which are uniquely theirs. They understand their worth and this was exemplified on the night.
Next up was Serfa, another local band from Newcastle, who had broken away from the typical been-there-done-that riffs. Serfa instead create music that leaves your ears wiggling to a calypso through the harmonics they produce. In fact, their music is just as irresistible as the boys are. They’re all truly charismatic Northerners; loud yet relaxed, confident with every right, and cheeky in good measure. Serfa had shown their influences from the likes of Mac Demarco and even King Krule, with their twangy guitar and vocal performances. This band understand how to capture the eyes of the crowd, with the likes of ‘Too Deep’ and ‘Daydreamer’ their harmonies become flawless and their melodies provide a gentle human touch of genuine song writing capabilities.
To finish off the night the highly anticipated JAKJAK took to the stage. The lads and Liza pulled off their final gig in such a brilliant fashion it was spectacular to watch. Cover like ‘Song 2’ and ‘Stacey’s Mom’ gave the crowd something to remember as passion and determination brought the crowd hope. The performance of the set was even something to admire, while Tom takes off his blue overalls and revealed his golden flared pants, taking full advantage of their final farewell.
The aura of friendship between the band is something we should wish we all had, they all drew emotions from each other and connected as a band which we rarely see these days. Their single ‘For A While’ went down a treat, with the harmonics of the guitars whistling through the vocals creating a euphoric sound.
This band truly provides the perfect setting for the night as a whole, finishing their final 5 minutes of the set with a fantastic cover of ‘Shutdown’ originally by Skepta but choosing to emulate Slaves’ version. Perfect.
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