Following their big rock star support slot on the Kerrang! Tour, Philly’s The Wonder Years return to Kingston for a show that’s a lot more suited to them; tonight, it’s all about stage dives and high fives.
The last time The Rocket Summer came to the North East in February 2008, Bryce Avary and friends managed to sell out the Academy 2, and after a two year absence and the release of his most successful record to date, Of Men and Angels, you’d think they’d do just as well, if not more so, this time round… But, no. This is Newcastle in 2010.
Looking at the crop of new British talent in what is, essentially, rock bands, across the land, there’s some real gems hidden away in there; where were You Me At Six all but three years ago? Playing to a handful of people in local bars night after night in their native Surrey.
The same goes for the Welsh vallies, which have spawned the likes of Attack! Attack!, Kids In Glass Houses, Save Your Breath, and such, in recent years. Every area in the UK seems to have a real promise coming from them, in the form of one band or another. Brighton these days, is somewhat of a haven for rock, punk and metal bands, with acts like The Ghost Of A Thousand, Johnny Truant, and The Crave among others to come from the seaside town.
But getting really local, there is one place that in my honest opinion, really lacks in new talent in rock, pop punk, metal, punk, you guessed it, the North East.
After spending hours in the sweltering heat, harassing bands and folk in the queue for on-the-spot interviews, as well as handing out D.I.Y. changetherecord.net ‘business cards’ in the form of notepad paper written in biro, accumulating some attractive sun burn and getting fat off essential pre-gig food (Morrison’s mini-doughnuts) along the way, 3pm finally arrived and doors opened. Holy run-on sentence.