The sold out Kerrang! Relentless Energy Tour is back in Newcastle for yet another year, and this time round we’re treat to the diverse bill of All Time Low, The Blackout, Young Guns and My Passion, with kids queuing from as early as 7am for this one…
And as 7pm finally arrives, with youngsters still spilling into the room, it’s time for stylised electro-goth collective My Passion to grace the stage with their slick haircuts and monochrome outfits, as beefy frontman Laurence René opens their set with the pulsating words of “CRAZY AND MEEE!” Although, there is obviously a big image aspect to them, there is absolutely no denying how tight they are as a band, whether they play tiny pub rooms or Academy-sized venues like tonight; this quartet know how to command a stage. Playing the likes of Never Everland and Play Dirty from their debut full-length Corporate Flesh Party, their disco-punk sounds prove popular with the masses as pits erupt left, right and centre, and as they end with the synth-led fan-favourite Day of the Bees. My Passion have certainly made a positive impression this evening.
Cruising onto the stage fifteen minutes later come Young Guns, who launch straight into new single Winter Kiss with aplomb. It’s greeted with a massive portion of the audience getting their legs on and either tearing their peers and the ground beneath them from it’s fittings, or simply getting a groove on and shouting the words back. A bad throat depletes pin-up singer Gustav Wood‘s vocals somewhat, which usually make up a key factor of why this band is so good live, but it barely slows things down. Raging into all four tracks from their Mirrors EP, including a massive Weight Of The World, and a couple of new taster tracks thrown in for good measure, it’s a great mix up that goes down incredibly well with the crowd. Daughter Of The Sea has riffs as chunky as rugby player’s thighs, and closes with a bang. A sweat-induced set has surely gained them a very warm response tonight.
Welsh sextet The Blackout have clearly as much of a turnout tonight as the headliners, and with Children Of The Night‘s haunting gang chants opening the proceedings, they unleash a valiant frenzy upon their audience, which explodes on impact. There’s never too much in the way of a bad word to say about the band – tonight, however, their set falters in the middle somewhat, the energy dying, no matter if everyone’s still having a great old sing-a-long. Old tracks are recieved as well as new, and The Beijing Cocktail sounds just as relevant to the band’s live show as new favourites like Said And Done and the powerful STFUppercut do. The highlight comes in the form of awesome Save Our Selves, in which frontman Sean Smith once again ushers the crowd to their knees for a jump-the-fuck-up moment. It’s a fine way to end a very exceptional set, and it brings into consideration who tonight’s headliners should really be.
With tonight’s headliners from across the pond, All Time Low, it is definitely a case of once you’ve seen it once, you’ve seen it all before. Rehashing a near-identical set as the one they performed on their last UK tour not-so many months ago in September, the band even open with the same three songs, Lost In Stereo, Break Your Little Heart and Stella, which is not good enough when you have three albums and an EP under your belt. It’s all a little bit half-arsed, so here’s a half-arsed review.
– Faye Turnbull (My Passion, All Time Low) and George Cannings (Young Guns, The Blackout).
Stay tuned for our interviews with My Passion and Young Guns!