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Gig Review; Boy Jumps Ship, O2 Academy2, Sunday, April 15.

" NORTH East band Boy Jumps Ship have spent the last three years developing their songwriting, polishing their performance and building a substantial fan base. It is a great achievement for a local band to sell out Newcastle's O2 Academy 2, easily proving that they had achieved the latter, but would their performance satisfy the 400-strong crowd who turned up to see them? Opening the show were Durham-based Last Transmission who immediately roared into their riff-driven mid-paced rock. Slick instrumental skills, combined with heavy-hitting chops from drummer Adam Forster and rhythmic guitar riffs injected energy into their performance.

up to Singer/guitarist Michael Blackwell demonstrated his extensive vocal range and great diction, with a tone reminiscent of Alterbridge vocalist Miles Kennedy. The effect-laden work of lead guitarist Richard Davies on Somewhere To Go was definitely another standout moment.

them "Next up were The Karma Heart who combined elements of traditional rock with bright poppy moments. As soon as vocalist Jenn Cherene threw herself into ahead bang, she captivated the audience, demonstrating original style and a powerful voice to match.

The third band, Bright Lights, were less impressive. Red-headed vocalist Kat Wales seemed lacklustre and disjointed from the rest of the band, lacking the vocal power to stand out. At times, the instrumentalists showed promise with interesting use of time signatures and inventive double pedal work from drummer Dan Patterson, but most of their set left me cold.

With anticipation built up, the real bright lights ignited as Boy Jumps Ship took to the stage, blinding the rammed venue with lamps that pulsed along to Black Hearts Don't Beat, the first single from their upcoming record Be Good. Be Gracious. Crowd favourite Backstays and Halyards soon followed and the audience began to move, chanting and raising their fists in time with the "woh-oh" gang vocals. It seems impossible for this band not to write killer choruses, but they also use dynamics brilliantly, shifting seamlessly between crunchy distorted riffs and beautiful melodic passages. Mid-set we were treated to a few new tracks which were well received, but soon enough vocalist/guitarist Si Todd had everyone clapping their hands and singing along to the infectious chorus of Don't Be A Stranger. The band showed explosive stage presence, while managing to remain incredibly tight throughout. Culminating in the storming We Won't Burn Out, the gig ended and as the bright lights dimmed and smiling faces filed out, it seemed that the title of their final track was a promise from Boy Jumps Ship to strive for bigger and better things. Keep an eye out.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Apr 20, 2012
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