Gig Review: No Teeth/Dense/SDBiA/Star Cult @ Little Buildings
With a host of friends and acquaintances to accompany them on stage and in the crowd, No Teeth played another monumental headliner at local favourite, Little Buildings, on March the 1st.
Inviting along Star Cult, Snakes Don't Belong in Alaska and Dense, the whole night was filled with sweaty boogie-ing, avid singing and intense head-banging; with each band bringing a different flavour of sludge punk music into the room.
The first band to play were called Star Cult.
Led Zeppelin was playing just as the band finished setting up, and they joked about how they had to follow one of the greatest bands of all time...but in my opinion, they followed Zeppelin immensely.
Made up of some of the members of Moon Rover, Star Cult have a very striking and interesting appearance. With the exception of their drummer, the band have a very 70s look, with long hair, flared sleeves and pants, elegant and detailed dresses, knee-high boots and lots of jewellery.
They look as though they're out of Fleetwood Mac, however they sound like they are out of the Melvins. The pure skill and enchantment of each of the members was enough to have everyone encapsulated, but Star Cult topped that off by just playing an extremely worthy and impressive, pulsing set. I will surely be going to see them again.
The second band of the night were Snakes Don't Belong in Alaska. Opening their set by talking about how the previous band was based in, and was basically born in, Little buildings.
And so, the band decided to play a song from their old band to commemorate their past and the venue. That song was a half an hour improvised jam that the band carried through the whole of their set, reminding me very much of Lovely Wife's sets. The result was a strong driving bass line, outlandish, savage screamed vocals, weird, malfunctioning and alien sounding guitar tones and a fast, thrashed drum beat.
Although the set was one song, I did not tire of it at all, and they had near enough the same effect on me as caffeine does.
Third to hit the stage was a band we all love and greatly respect.
Dense are a three-piece heavy garage rock band situated in Leeds. From the moment that Dense stepped on stage, they were not still, not even for a second.
Hopping and moshing about the stage for the half an hour that they played, seemed more than comfortable for them. For that hour the stage was theirs and only theirs.
Bringing a fast, breathless style of music from Leeds, they really stood out.
The features in their songs were quite complex, with complicated with rule-breaking bass clashing alongside customised and strange guitar chords, these guys were the “cherry on top”.
They packed a hugely prominent punch, and danced like there was no tomorrow.
Dense have left an imprint on Newcastle's heavy music scene, and I do not think we've seen the last of them down here (I certainly hope we haven't).
And finally, the headliner of the night was of course, No Teeth.
They are undoubtedly extremely familiar with Little buildings by now, and probably know the routine of playing there, better than they do their own mum's birthdays. I'm joking of course, but playing this venue is probably second nature now.
Their presence on stage did not lack in any way and evoked fits of dancing amongst the packed room, as well as loud singing to some of their more well known songs such as 'Wither'.
Everyone was familiar with the drill. Frontman Sam pulled out a small trumpet half way through their set, and played along to some of the band's newer songs.
No Teeth are renowned for their experimental influences and characteristics, and its admirable that they show them off, no matter how peculiar, live onstage too. Nothing gets in their way, and they seem to break previously un-touched boundaries such as which instruments you can and can't use. There's always something new onstage with this band.
This was yet another memorable night at Little Buildings with some really striking music on show. It's nights like these which really further the scene and help our local musicians out.
It is uncomfortable to think that in the near future we will no longer have Little Buildings' original placement in the Ouseburn to go to.
However I continue to look forward to future gigs and endeavours of the bands who played, and the venue they played at. Here's to what the future holds!
Photography by the author