Once again, MOTC Promotions put on firm Newcastle favourites, Me vs Hero, as they return to the North East for the third time this year, fresh from their Sonisphere appearance!
It’s the job of INK to start things off, as they revel in their anthemic pop-rock – somewhat along the lines of You Me At Six and Young Guns, to the growing number of bodies inside the Academy 2, even amassing a huge clap-a-long. There’s a heap of potential here, and while a little more movement from their frontman wouldn’t go amiss, they are – without a doubt – the best of tonight’s support acts.
Unfortunately, Rover’s grunge-tinged alternative rock doesn’t generate as much enthusiasm. The Sunderland quartet clearly boast some talent, dishing out an interesting guitar sound, full of technically tasty riffs, but it’s still not enough to keep the majority entertained as the floor clears, considerably.
Upon hearing positive things about State The Obvious, these youngsters have a lot to live up to… Sadly, though, this just turns out to be a poor A Day To Remember rip-off, but, hey, as unoriginal and one-dimensional it is, the kids seem to love it as they sketchily attempt to two-step to the abundance of cheap breakdowns thrown at them.
Banging out new single Can You Count, Suckers?, it’s posi popcore vibes from the off, as Me vs Hero take to the stage in front of their by-now familiar audience. Not having the largest of catalogues, a fresh selection of songs from their upcoming debut album are delivered – gaining mostly positive responses – to accompany the likes of old favourites Star Raiders and Space Invaders and Hey Elzar, Take It Up Another Notch With the Spice Weasel. Bam!!!.
Almost two years to the day since their former guitarist Alex McCulloch passed away, frontman Sam Thompson asks the Geordie crowd to go especially wild for their friend, with chaos naturally ensuing in the form of a crazed wall of death, human pyramids and all-out sing-a-longs to the band’s contagious combination of soaring melodies and bruising beatdowns. The calamity doesn’t end there, though, as final song Days That Shape Our Lives sees an immense stage invasion, leaving smiles all-round – defining what shows are about.
– Faye Turnbull.