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Artist Focus #20 - Them Things

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Brining a little bit of fresh European meat to Evo Emerging shores this year we have the wonderfully multicultural Them Things.  For a band whose membership includes Russian, French and Englishmen, Them Things are far from a laughing matter. 

This four-piece effortlessly blend their backgrounds and influences into a melting pot of different styles; producing a unique take on the classic indie soundtrack. Them Things have taken North Tyneside by storm with their live shows; performing in many well established venues, and are set to embark on a tour to mark the launch of their debut EP ‘Good Weird’ which will be available very soon.

Words by Dominique Daly

Venue: The Cumberland Arms 8:30pm, Saturday 24th May.

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Artist Focus #019 - High Tide 15:47

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High Tide 15:47 are a band that describe their style as shoegaze, alternative rock; so, you might want to poise yourself for a lot of long face-covering fringes and downward facing head bobs. But don’t let that put you off. Here is a three-piece that have spent most of 2013 perfecting their craft through rigorous live show training on the local touring circuit. And now in the run up to the release of their debut EP High Tides are bringing their dark-pop stylings to the Evolution Emerging stage. 

Breathing a fresh breath of dreamy atmosphere into raw alternative rock and taking a heavy influence from 90’s grunge overlords Nirvana, High Tide 15:47’s use of distorted guitar hooks to wash over a faraway, melancholic vocal is just the injection of angst everyone has been waiting for.  

Words by Dominique Daly

Venue: The Cumberland Arms 9:15pm, Saturday 24th May.

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Artist Focus #018 - Bernaccia

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If as a music lover you are any way enticed by blues, bass and beards, then Bernaccia not to miss, creating an encapsulating infusion of blues, rock and folk which sounds like nothing else on the scene at the moment. 

The deep driving bass of Bernaccia is echoed in the bellowing, growling vocal of front man Jonny Noble, and is constantly pierced by the wailing of bluesy guitar riffs, to create the atmosphere of hypnotic ancestry which only comes from real blues.  Every melody seduces its listener, bringing them to into a state of awe, gazing up at the vision of fiction and truth painted by this lyrically enchanting music.  

Words by Dominique Daly

Venue: The Cumberland Arms 8:30pm, Saturday 24th May.

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Culture Awards Nomination - Best Event Tynside

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Evolution Emerging is nominated for ‘Best Event Tyneside’ at The Journal Culture Awards.

The event takes place at Sage Gateshead on Wednesday 16th April and will be streamed live on The Journal and the Sage’s website. If you’d like to join us then you can log in to watch the whole evening unfold and use #cultureawards on Twitter.

Cluny headliner The Lake Poets is also up for ‘Performing Artist of the Year’ while Bridie Jackson and the Arbour, who close the Cluny 2 stage this year, are nominated for the North East Museum Award following their Woodhorn Museum performance.

Read more about the awards in this month’s Culture magazine here

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Artist Focus #017 - Yellow Creatures

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Forming in 2012, this Newcastle based four-piece have been making intelligently blended music which excites the senses. Yellow Creatures is a post-punk outfit whose musical creations confuse and delight its listeners; mixing a variety of styles from garage, indie, surf and prog rock. Gaining attention for their outstanding style, the band have been introduced by Tom Robinson on his BBC 6 Music show, and recorded a BBC Introducing Newcastle session.

Their exuberantly energetic and intense live performances have been hailed to be the only true way to experience what Yellow Creatures have to offer. In the meantime however, before they grace the Evolution Emerging stage; their DIY debut EP ‘Nature of the Beast’ remains an adequate offering of Yellow Creatures’ determined and unusual ethos.  

Words by Dominique Daly

Venue: The Cumberland Arms 7:45pm, Saturday 24th May.

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Artist Focus #016 - Kobadelta


Newcastle psychedelic indie rock band Kobadelta have been on the scene since 2010, and in that time have created quite a stir with their unique take on dark, brooding indie rock. This is a band who aren’t afraid to kick out the psychedelic jams. Their most recent release, ‘The Hidden Door’ EP is a remarkable piece of work that showcases both ominous atmospherics and their unique approach to storytelling.

It is a real talent to be able to craft songs that incorporate elements of your obvious influences yet still sound new and interesting, and that talent is exuded by Kobadelta in spades. For it is easy to pick out the influence of bands like Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and Echo & The Bunnymen in their music, but Kobadelta add their own powerful twist along the way. Full of drive and urgency, the overall tone and magnitude of their sound makes them a force to be reckoned with live.

Words by Christopher Smith from Tune Army.

Venue: The Tanners 10:00pm, Saturday 24th May.

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Artist Focus #015 - Mouses

Mouses are the latest duo to have burst onto the scene. Their self-titled debut EP is a spiky, lo-fi effort that makes a mockery of the idea that you need a fancy production desk or a great PR team behind you to get noticed. Recorded and produced in a single day, ‘Mouses’ proves that great music sometimes speaks for itself.

Despite it being very early days for the Teesside band (they formed less than three months ago), an invitation to play at this year’s Evolution Emerging is an admission of their immediate quality, and one suspects that their set will prove to be a festival highlight. 

Words by Christopher Smith from Tune Army.

Venue: The Tanners 9:15pm, Saturday 24th May.

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Artist Focus #014 - Dalaro

Dalaro are a band oozing with confidence at the moment, firmly at ease with their commercial sound. It wasn’t always so. They sound totally different from the band they were four years ago, but the relatively recent addition of a new guitarist appears to have coincided with a welcome refinement of their indie-pop sound. Having released three new tunes already this year, and having drawn comparisons to the likes of Young Kato and Dog Is Dead, the future looks bright for this young band.

When asked about Evolution Emerging the band had this to say:
“We’re so excited! Evolution Emerging is something we’ve wanted to play since we started the band almost 4 years ago. Over the past 12 months we’ve really sat down and spent hours improving ourselves as musicians and we feel like the hard works starting to pay off by being asked to be part of something that so many people take an interest in. Plus we’ve all been going to Evolution Festival and Evolution Emerging since we were about 14 so it’s nice to be part of something you visited as a fan in your younger days.”

Words by Christopher Smith from Tune Army.

Venue: The Tanners 8:30pm, Saturday 24th May.

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Artist Focus #013 - Cohesion

Plying their trade in a densely populated corner of the UK music scene, Cohesion manage to offer a fresh and inventive take on what it means to be a modern indie rock band. The Sunderland five-piece make upbeat records that infuse arena-sized rock tunes with the fun and enticement of indie-pop melodies. 

Their debut E.P ‘Serene’ has been the subject of much critical acclaim thanks to its epic crescendos and poignant lyrics. Resonating with music fans both across the region and beyond, the band aren’t resting on their laurels with new music from them set to arrive very soon.

Words by Christopher Smith from Tune Army.

Venue: The Tanners 7:45pm, Saturday 24th May.

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Arist Focus #012 - Bridie Jackson and The Arbour

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If there was ever music to listen to by the light of the full moon, perhaps while sitting by a window with billowing drapes, or something quite as enchanting yet grounding; Bridie Jackson and The Arbour have made it. This brooding, folk-influenced, four-piece Arbour place a listener into a dream-like state; lulling them into a false sense of tranquil security with hauntingly rich harmonies which are consistently overthrown by dark, melancholy lyrics.

Winning the Glastonbury Festival Emerging Talent Competition in 2013, the Newcastle upon Tyne based ensemble wow’ed audiences, performing five times during the Glasto’ weekender. Their powerful harmony-heavy arrangements, coupled with impressive string sections, merge numerous musical styles such as blues, gospel, folk and jazz; taking the best from each and transforming them into a luscious sound that resonates with every note.

After the release of their debut album in 2012, a sell-out show at The Sage Gateshead and the successful securing of an Arts Council England grant; the success of this folk infused quartet seems to only be on the rise and their live performance is set to be as ethereal and moving as always. 

Words by Dominique Daly

Venue: Cluny 2 10:45pm, Saturday 24th May.

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Artist Focus #011 - Vinyl Jacket

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You can’t choose your family; but you can choose your band mates! And these lads from a tiny Northumberland town are glad of it! Their perfect mix of familial and friendship bond have mixed to produce the lively sound of Vinyl Jacket; made up of brothers, Ben (vocals, guitar) and Jack Dancer (vocals, bass), Matt Walch (vocals, guitar) and David Pullen (vocals, drums). If music is a drug then we are all soon to be Vinyl Jacket addicts; one listen of EP ‘Safari’ and you will be hooked!

Recording their debut EP (after three years of releasing killer tracks) in warehouses around Newcastle upon Tyne; Vinyl Jacket have been guided by the hand of John Davis, who has mastered the likes of The Maccabees, Everything Everything and Friendly Fires. So, it was pretty undeniable that this record was always going to kick up a dance storm; with tracks which are almost impossible not to move to. 

Vinyl Jacket create tracks which are tainted with the tropical splash of sunshine; a real sense of energy and summer. Echoing the indie heavyweights which came before them, this is a band that are setting the bar high, and refuse to disappoint. 

Words by Dominique Daly

Venue: Cluny 2 10:00pm, Saturday 24th May.

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Artist Focus #010 - Fé

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Sometimes a band comes along, and it’s hard not to just jump on the bandwagon (excuse the pun). This is certainly the case with London based pop-rockers Fé. After releasing their single ‘Time’ in the Autumn of last year, it seemed everyone wanted to be the first to claim ‘discovery’ of Fé , with the BBC, The Guardian and XFM all piling in to champion the band- with just cause.

Fé was born out of the musical bond between Leo and Ben; who after years of writing together and performing on packed train carriages decided to grab Joss and Luca to create what has been called “pop perfection”. 

With each and every song, Fé have achieved a sense of wistful euphoria, which once heard cannot be forgotten with ease.  Encapsulating a sound which is woven into modern times, but somehow bettering it; Fé’s brand of washed out vocal’s and hammering drums already feels at home in most record collections. 

Words by Dominique Daly

Venue: Cluny 2 9:15pm, Saturday 24th May.

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Artist Focus #009 - International Departures

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Most musicians set out with one main goal when they start a band, to play the one great live show. Because live music is what it’s all about really isn’t it? Well, not for International Departures- a band who never intended to step out the studio doors, let alone onto a stage!

Starting out as a songwriting collaboration between Henry Carden and Chris Charlton; these music men had intended to mix multi-instrumental talent with the power of a tunesmith. But they created something a little too good not to be played live. 

The vibrant duo have managed to bring together all the catchy hooks, regional accents and punchy guitar lines of a great indie outfit and are sure to translate fluidly from studio to stage. Taking the live performance plunge, the band has agreed to make their debut in April on the NARC stage at Stockton Calling. 

For now they stay glued to the studio chair, recording a debut album which is expected to be released in summer 2014. However, the band is going for something a little different with this project -promising a different guest vocalist on each track to add variety and life to their work. 

Words by Dominique Daly

Venue: Cluny 2 8:30pm, Saturday 24th May.

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Artist Focus #008 - Sam Fender

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Pulling in a crowd with his boyish looks and ferocious vocals, this boy has a growl like no other, which when mixed with his soulful style and thoughtful lyrics stun any audience. This is more than just another teenager with an acoustic guitar!

Plucked from the Tyneside pub scene at the prime age of 18, Sam Fender has already paid his dues as an artist. Coming from a musical family and attributing much influence to his guitar playing father, Fender first unveiled his talent to the public at 13. However, this fresh faced youngster is not as little as his age may suggest boasting a powerful vocal which has been catching the attention of music fanatics up and down the country.  Discovered playing at a North Shields busker’s night, the gritty voice of Sam Fender was sent on a touring rampage, supporting heavyweight acoustic acts such as Ben Howard and Willy Mason. And with a talent like Mr Fender, it seems very likely that he too is bound for great things.

Words by Dominique Daly

Venue: Cluny 2 7.45 - 8.15pm, Saturday 24th May.

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Artist Focus #007 - Immy Williams

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Bristol-born but Newcastle-bred, Immy has been singing since she was knee-high, developing a passion for song-writing from an early age.

Immy has been playing with various bands in the region but feels most at home behind her piano doing her own thing. Influenced by The Beatles, The Smiths, The Cure, James Taylor, Bowie and Carole King she is constantly writing and gigging around the North East.

Venue: Blast Studios 10:00pm, Saturday 24th May.

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