So, My Passion seem to like the North East, they’ve been to Newcastle three times now, in only the past 3-and-a-bit months, and it may be down to the fact people are queueing as early as 8am today for a good spot, is why the London quartet like playing up here so much.
Starting off tonights preceedings in a slowly packing and somewhat dingy Academy 2, is local synth-pop hybrid Taste Of Your Kiss. While their songs pack energy, it’s like the band are trying to emulate Four Year Strong, all fake American accents and double bass smitterings. It’s sad to see that nobody really cares about their set. Demands from the band are ignored, there is but one ten second shove of a mosh, and you can’t help but feel there’s no real point to them tonight.
The crowd gathers significantly for female-fronted pop-rock outfit 3 Ways Of Thinking, who finally get proceedings off to a start. The kids gathered tonight seem to “dig” the joyful tunes of the band, they play pretty well for locals, but it’s a real shame they didn’t stick to their own material, positively murdering a cover of You Me At Six’s Save It For The Bedroom with some really sloppy playing and a piss-poor attempt at Josh Francesci’s Surrey accent. Nonetheless, they get possibly the biggest cheer of the night, regardless of their set seeming to really drag to those uninterested.
Pop-punk quartet My Extraordinary round off the local support, and are by far the better band of the three tonight, sounding pretty tight and sending the young, mostly female crowd ecstatic with joy at a cover of All Time Low’s Dear Maria, Count Me In, which in all fairness, isn’t too bad. Their own tunes have a catch to them, but all three bands need to really step up their game to be headlining this kind of show one day.
Leeds synth-ridden 5-piece Summerlin take to the stage to an uproar; a really impressive entrance that bursts into song; true, there’s not much of a crowd really gathered at this point, but those who are present witness a tight live band, frontman Drew Lawson‘s vocals are excellent and positively oozing the same joy the band show on record. Speaking of which, the group plaster their set with tracks from new EP So Make Your Move, accompanied by a cover of Flo-Rida’s Low which goes down a storm with tonights audience. This band are certainly one for future reference, it’s only a matter of time before a smattering of young girls get their ears wrapped around these delicious tunes.
Tonight’s headliners have been hotly anticipated all gig; the first three rows have not moved a muscle, so as to keep as good a space as they can to see My Passion. They take to the stage in some form; they literally blind with a disco-esque light show, and set about their work crashing into new album track Play Dirty.
They go down with the crowd from the off, (even though there’s not really many people left in the room at this point) and for a band that seem to rely on image quite a lot, there’s no denying what a tight live band My Passion really are. You can’t help but be impressed by their sheer presence onstage, and their tightness as a group.
Their songs really vary, from the slow, and somewhat beautiful Winter For Lovers, to the crunching, more rock-orientated Hot In The Dolls House.
The girls in the front row, especially, adore the four men in front of them, and frontman Laurence Rene has his crowd in his hands like putty tonight, interacting especially well.
The only downside tonight might be that if one band was cut off the bill, My Passion would be able to play more material, but it’s not to be, a slightly short set leaves all still in the room positively begging for more, until next time, which given their track record, can’t be too far away. A solid performance.