Gig Review: Swine Tax / Kieff / White Legs @ Tyne Bar
Swine Tax, Kieff and White Legs started 2019 with a late night gig on the 6th of January at the Tyne Bar. Despite the weather's attempts to dampen and dishearten the attendees, the bar was nicely warmed and full to the brim with a fully supportive crowd.
Kieff impressively made the commute all the way from The Netherlands to play the Tyne Bar as their second UK tour date, and totally blew everyone away.
First to grace the stage with their presence was White Legs. A band consisting of members of The Lake Poets, This Ain't Vegas and B<E<A<K. With Richard Amundsen on vocals and guitar, Martin Longstaff on Bass and Jordan Hill on drums, White Legs are a three-way match made in noisy garage rock heaven. Having known each other for years, and having just as much time as professional musicians under their belt, White Legs have a strong passion uniting all of them, which is extremely hard to find. A natural and effortless connection to each other, allowing them all to simultaneously play music as easily as spreading soft butter over toast.
Just them, and their instruments. I shit you not, White Legs have an unmistakable bond on stage that is just pulsating to see as a crowd member, and that was definitely present at the Tyne Bar.
A very good show.
The second band of the night were Kieff who brought a shoegazey, noise rock sound with them from The Netherlands, coupled with distorted vocals and punchy lyrics. Despite being new to many of the local crowd, they were accepted with a lot of warm welcomes and appreciation.
Soon enough, they filled the room with their glazed, cut-throat distorted music and showed everyone who was there what they were made of.
Their songs are very rugged, with sudden stops and starts, peculiar beats and jangly guitars; but all of these features worked together to make quite attractive music.
I think that it's fair to say that Kieff made quite a few new fans on that night.
Headline band Swine Tax were up next. Following the recent release of their two newest singles, (which have been hits, may I add) 'Natural Causes' and 'Conversation', I had been greatly anticipating this performance... and I really was not disappointed.
Deciding spontaneously which songs to play, their set was very natural and casual and I found it added a homely nature to the night.
They were obviously very at home in the Tyne Bar, and rightly so. Getting everyone moving with 'Tory Water' and 'Feels Like' is second nature to these guys now, and they knew just what they were doing and how to go about it. Grinding guitar feedback and political lyrics all night long, was a lovely way to end 2018, and greet 2019 in a rock n' roll fashion.
All in all, this was a great night at the Tyne Bar with some really impressive bands.
Swine Tax have well and truly found their feet in the music scene and are highly regarded. White Legs have made their mark and carved out a path for their future endeavours as a band and 2019 can only be as jam-packed as 2018 was for them, or no doubt even more so.
Finally, Kieff kicked off their UK tour in one of the best ways possible and extended their audience substantially.
Through the night I also got a chance to speak to each of the bands and to find out what their calendars look like for 2019, how 2018 had been for them and some extra juicy details, so stay tuned for those interviews…
Cover Photo: Swine Tax
Credit Chris Trew