Newcastle University's music department's very own James Hewitson went and set up his own record label and they're having a showcase this Friday at the Head of Steam. Hewitson's Endearment Records represents bands from Newcastle's ever so fertile local music scene and heading the bill is the jazz-punk outfit Taupe.
When listening to Taupe you'd be forgiven for thinking that you were lounging in TriBeCa's Mudd Club in the early 1980s and rubbing shoulders with No Wave icons Thurston Moore and Jim Jarmusch. Their sound is a visceral assault on the senses. For fans of James Chance and the Contortions and the more cerebral side of the post-punk scene, Taupe are probably a band you should think about checking out.
Visiting Newcastle for this gig, is Liverpool's Dead Hedge Trio who channel similar avant-garde jazzy vibes in their music. Regulars at Liverpool's Kazimier Gardens, this lot fuse a variety of genres to generate a psychadelic wave of audio that are similar to the effects of some glorious dissociative.
Opening the show is Geordie born solo artist Waskerley Way who's named after a cycle route in County Durham that's part of the Coast to Coast cycle path. Their music is as eerie as the moors outside of Stanhope on a moonlit and foggy night. Imagine the soundtrack to a David Lynch film that substituted Kyle McLachlan with Robson Green.
Tickets are £5 otd . Friday 9th October. 8pm. Head of Steam.