On the beat.
Byline: with Robert Nichols
INTO TOMORROW, TS ONE, .MIDDLESBROUGH AUGUST Bank Holiday is a celebration of the last knockings of summer, with music festivities sprouting all over the place. Not to be outdone, there was a special musical all-dayer deep in the heart of Middlesbrough this year, at the TS One pub.
The almost all local bill drawn together by promoter Gary "Diz" Walters rocked this corner of Southfield Road Into Tomorrow.
There was a truly stunning start to the show from a heavy riffing trio, Crease. Dressed for a music fest, in loon pants, waistcoats garlands and shades and the like they made a real impact and certainly put on a show. Psychedelia, riproaring guitar rock and Chic freak funk, Crease pour all the ingredients into a gluten grouping melting pot and just go for it. After half an hour they were roared off stage and we realised that it was still only 2pm and there would be another 8-plus hours left to enjoy.
There was no let up in the sonic energy stakes from second band Idle Violets. Another explosive and heavy, heavy bassbasting three piece. No shrinking violets, tackling big subjects, war and malaria head on.
It was as if the gauntlet had been laid down for Tom Barber the wandering front man of Fleckt Pets. No stage was going to constrain him, stomping through the crowd.
Hartlepool's Lost State of Dance 80s fused back track soundtrack speeded us along through this Bank Holiday afternoon. Described by "Diz" Walters as "like Black Keys in a head-on collision with Motorhead" Black Atom Movement played a storming show. A furious, curious ruesome twosome, they were the last minute out of town guests from further oop north and blasted a hole through the roof. Black Atom Movement lit the blue touch paper for Teesside's favourite wirey fiery duo Mouses to bombard TS One with their punk pop.
Out of the windows we could see the sky darkening but all was holiday-happy inside as Weird Shapes fired out their prog rock sonic sculptures to lighten up our interior world of musical wonderings and wanderings.
It was time for Avalanche Party to bring the curtain down with a power surging, adrenaline rush finale. A double guitar riot and rolled as a rip tiding rhythm section hammered home the maximum points. Debut EP title track, Let's Get Together, had the crowd clapping and stamping along. Jordan guitar/vocalist sparred with the crowd with his trusty guitar before climbing over tables and chairs and out of the window to play on the street outside.
What a way to set the seal on the summer.
- Robert Nichols