Gig Review: Leopard Rays / Feral Family / Crux / Uncle Dudeman
Gig promoter Pillar Artists organised yet another class night filled with live music at the Head of Steam across from Central Station in Newcastle.
A line-up packed with indie and alternative rock bands graced the evening.
Openers of the night were Middlesbrough locals Uncle Dudeman who surprised all attendees with their tight and upbeat set filled with tearing riffs and whipping drumbeats.
The four-piece made sure there was never a single dull moment while they were up on stage. It was a set without awkward pauses or guitar-tuning and every band member seemed to know exactly what they were doing and why they were doing it. The alternative rock band kept things interesting by switching between main vocalists and different rhythms within their songs. Their newly gained fans soon learned how it felt to be hooked and attached to the stage.
Next up were Newcastle’s local favourites Crux who have recently released their very catchy and hard to forget banger ‘Bigg Market’ which is literally about the situation on Newcastle’s Bigg Market during big nights out. With a consistently good set and not too many breaks in between songs, the young band raised expectations for what their future-plans are.
Even though this line-up deserved a higher attendance, all participating bands were unabashed and played as if their lives were depending on it.
With Head of Steam slowly filling up, third band of the night Feral Family really turned heads with their angry punk rock and contagious tunes.
They threw up all their energy on stage and overwhelmed the audience with their upbeat, screaming punk tracks. However, as a Feral Family-fan, it was a bit of a disappointment not to hear them play new single ‘The North’, which seems to have been inspired by Kent-based duo Slaves.
Headlining the night were alternative rock foursome Leopard Rays from Hartlepool who were more than ready to take over the stage and the entire venue.
With raw and pure energy, and amazingly good tracks, the band played an almost flawless set with singer Luke Dawkins drawing outside the lines and not being able to stay put on stage. Witnessing the frontman mingling with his old and new fans made it not just a nice live set but an interactive performance with the audience who loved the attention and the unstoppable band that are set to have a great live career.
Photography by the author.