Gig Review: Goodsprings Present: Punking All Over The Globe!
First up were our local upstarts, RUNT, showing us how to open a gig properly.
Starting with their grungy intro, the band journeyed through their soon to be released EP and even treated us to a cover of ‘Deceptacon’ by Le Tigre.
They played an amazing set, as always, and got the crowd’s blood flowing for the night ahead. I love how if you meet RUNT they come off like they could play a ukulele cover of “can’t help falling in love” but in reality they’re bring the best headbanging tunes out of the North East, but with a lovely innocent side mixed into it.
An example of this heavy/cute mix that they pull off so wonderfully is their track ‘Banana Phenomenon’ Even the name of the track is very light hearted but this mixed in with the grungy, punk kind of songs is a beautiful mix for a very fun but moshy gig. I’m personally very excited for RUNTs EP which is going to be released soon and for they’re bigger upcoming gigs such Tits upon Tyne in November. Make sure you get your tickets before it’s too late and keep an eye out for other gigs they play.
Up next we had Death To Indie. With their intriguing name, I wondered what kind of bad experience they have had with this genre, but I’m not going to question it. The tracks they played reminded me of 2000s pop punk.
I have never been to a pop punk gig, and honestly am not very into it, but they played flawlessly and not a single note was missed.
You could tell they had been playing together for a while and without a doubt they put on a good performance for the crowd.
The drummer in particular was very tight in his playing and impressive guitar solos were also a welcome addition throughout.
Main support, the Bolsheviks, played next, after a long hiatus since their last gig.
This was my first time seeing the Bolsheviks but I have been looking forward to witnessing them for a while. Playing some originals and a couple of covers, including the classic Ziggy Stardust, their set was perfectly suited for getting the crowd’s dancing shoes on.
Very impressive musicianship was on display from all of the band and their chemistry was pure, you could see they have been itching to show a crowd their performance for a good while.
The love for playing loud and proud was oozing from guitarist, Jacob Cottage, with his intricate solos and flawless technique, I found myself thinking he was our own local Frusciante.
I am excited to see what The Bolsheviks come out with next (hopefully some studio recordings) because the youngsters are clearly filled with potential.
First thing you notice when headliners Goodsprings take to the stage is the size of the band. Just seeing them work together on stage is a treat with so many things happening at once, but not in a messy, chaotic way. They are all talented musicians.
I think Newcastle is one of the only cities that can say they have their own local 10 piece ska-punk band and that is a beautiful thing in itself that we should appreciate.
Onto the performance. With a Toots and the Maytals style intro, they jumped straight into it and the crowd started skanking away, as you must when Goodsprings start playing.
They had an interesting choice of covers, for example the Arthur theme tune we all remember from childhood. But it is their original tracks which really show off their talent. All ska oriented but filled with inspiration from all over the musical spectrum, they create an optimistic sound which infects the crowd and is undeniably unique. At a Goodsprings gig you can’t help but dance and smile the whole way through. With the laid-back style of music they play along with the talent from the group as a whole, lead by frontman (and all round top fella) Sam Blackburn, you’re always in for a good show. And I would like to add - outstanding playing from the keyboard/trumpet player.
All Photography: Andy Walker (@andy198564)