It seems like every time I’m writing about local music at the moment those happy go-lucky, cheeky-chappies Lisbon get a mention, and well, this times no different. This is probably because they’re one of the biggest hyped bands in Newcastle at the moment and I think we’re all a little bit on the edge of our seats in a ‘will they/wont they’ situation waiting to see whether they’ll break through on a national level. Fresh from a stint recording at Abby Road studios, the boys have decided to use some of their popularity to shine a little light on some other burgeoning talent from the North East. In a series of Friday residencies called Lisbon Upon Tyne at Newcastle’s favourite basement venue The Head of Steam. Running from Friday 6th of November until 20th of November and with a host of different genres to choose from how could you deny yourself at least one Friday night in the bosom of the steamer?
Friday 6th November: Para Alta & Charlie Dancer
Ok, so by the time you read this column this first show will have passed you by in a frenzy of youthful exuberance and curly hair. That’s not to say they’re not worth a mention respectively. PARA ALTA are a ‘five 20 year old best friend’ who have channelled their creativity and friendship into multi-layered, dream-like indie. Charlie Dancer, a last minute addition to the bill after the departure of Motion Tourist, delivers a delicate and emotive style of acoustic delight, perfect for an autumns evening in the toon.
Friday 13th November: Fletcher Jackson Band & Far Pacific
Throw off the shackles of your superstitions and head down to the Head of Steam on the 13th to discover something new. In true Friday the 13th fashion however, the first band on this bill are mysteriously missing from the internet…hipster ploy? General bad social media skills? Or my inept ability to google search? Who knows. What my magical sources have managed to dig up on Fletcher Jackson band is that they are managed by the same company as Jake Bugg! A hidden gem on the Newcastle scene set to follow in his Jakes footsteps? High step in down to the gig to investigate for yourself! Far more social are Far Pacific, a boisterous group of young ones (just 15/16!) peddling energetic indie dreams. Their skills however far surpass their age range, with standout tracks like ‘Where do we go from here’ sounding like indie champions The View or The Pigeon detectives, with hints of Doherty in the vocals.
Friday 20th November: Sun Dance & Plaza
Some would say that they’ve saved the best for last with the final line up of the Lisbon Upon Tyne Series. Sun Dance have been building up quite an impressive reputation on the local scene since they formed officially in early 2015. This reputation is backed up by a serious support from local institutions such as BBC newcastle and generator. With perfectly crafted alternative rock songs that would make you think you were listening to a unreleased Artic Monkeys B-side. Made up of Pounding out insanly catchy indie rock in songs like ‘Sticks and Stones’ and ‘I Want a reaction’, the band are sounding like more like Miles Kane than a group of local lads. Joining Sun Dance on the bill are Hartlepool five piece Plaza delivering their gritty math-rock belters to the Head of Steam crowd.