Sunday, 19 April 2015

Gig at the Globe

On Friday the 28th of March, I attended a live Gig at the Globe - a local pub in Newcastle that holds alternative nights and live bands. My partner was excited, as one his favourite musicians were playing, Nic Wood a local artist from the North East. Also, the line-up included RJS and Cypher16 two bands I never heard of before.

I've seen Nic Wood at a few local gigs previously, the only way to describe his performance is an immensely talented, passionate artist, and every single performance resembles someone having a psychotic breakdown. He's certainly is one of the only acoustics' guitarists who can out-perform an electric guitarist, I've heard. Nick performed every song with his intense and raw tumultuous sound to the point during the first song he broke his guitar pick. Afterwards, Nic was discussing with the boyfriend about his upcoming album with his band, I've heard the album, and it blew my socks off along with my new rocks. I highly recommend you check it out Nic Wood's website.

I was extremely intoxicated on cider and black, a combination of cider and blackcurrant cordial. According to the boyfriend, he admitted, I have an extroverted personality to begin with, and by adding alcohol into the mix I become super extroverted. I have to commend Nic Wood for being gracious enough for responding to my banter. The conversion included an array of topics; from what our occupations were. Jobs being a form of modern day enslavement forced on us by capitalism, and being the currency for our survival. His hatred of Frozen and me defending my love for Frozen and comparing Disney Movies to the Nazi movements. Nic continued to describe himself as psychotic, and I responding 'I think you're healthy for expressing your emotions. The end of the performance my boyfriend who is more reserved slowly moved away shouting, 'I don't know these people'.

RJS were the second performance and differed considerably to Nic Wood. RJS are from York, so an hour away from York. The band have supported bands like: Funeral for a Friend, The Berzerker, Bullet For My Valentine, and opened The Unholy Alliance: Chapter III in 2008, for Slayer, Trivium, Mastodon, Amon Amarth.

RJS were more of a hardcore metal, and the band describes their live performances as chaotic and brutal, the band lived up to this. Their sound was ferocious, and vehement which made me feel like a teenager; I felt the music drawing out all the rage I've ever felt placing all of that energy and expressing it into violently headbanging. The band stage presence had a phenomenal fervid energy best captured by the lead singers adrenal fuel navigation of the stage and utilising every inch of it. He started performing by having his back to the audience, through the performance following the engery of the music randomly, he grabbed a metal box stepped on and started head banging and jumping on and off it. At one point, he even climbed on top of the amp speakers and crouched on it. Even the lead guitarist performed a solo on stage while headbanging and gyrating around on stage, which was entertaining and impressive.

After the gig, I had the opportunity to talk with some of the band members, who were very friendly about the performance, and about general life. I even to posed for a couple photos, with the band for photos. I felt like some crazed stalking groupie wanting my photo with the band. It probly not the best thing as in the rock fashion packing their equipment away in the van.

The final band was Cypher 16, from London, who indeed differed from the previous groups. Cypher16 they describe themselves on their FB page as a fusion of heavy metal, electronic and a hint of industrial music. The band has supported Lacuna Coil, Children of Bodom, Mudvayne, Dark Tranquility and In this Moment. They've toured extensively through Europe, USA, India and the UK. During the gig, they mentioned the upcoming tour to China.

Cypher 16 play in a retro nu metal sound  with a combo of electronic,  influence and heavy metal riffs. The band were more subdue in their music and performance style in comparison to RJS after the previous group it was a real plateau to finish the gig. Their vocalist sound is crisp vocals with a raw edge and power bind them.  The band did offer the heavy base compilation and epic speed of guitar rifts I enjoy in bands. The band played an excellent set and indeed give an entertaining performance. Unfortunately, due to old age setting in my neck and head couldn't take anymore headbanging.  Vocalist Jack invited the crowd forward to the stage, as the crowd seemed miles across the room the wanted the audience to get most of the performance. I loved the passion the put into their performance with proper rocker hair heading banging and the bassist Carl, moves on his base were great.


The negative aspect about the gig was the lack of  an audience. I felt the turn out for the bands was disappointing despite the lack of screaming fans attempting to throw their knickers on stage. Each band gave it their all and showed their appreciation for the patrons who turned up. The band and  the audience were able to have a full interaction with each other; which is an unusual occurrence for gigs. It made the artists feel tangible for some reason musicians on stage feel elusive, and it was an amazing experience being able to chat to the them. Afterwards I I realised their ordinary people doing what they love. I discussed with RJS about the general decline of the rock scene; they had explained from their experience that it seemed to go quiet in the rock scene and pick up. Indeed one reason maybe to the decline of alternative rock bars.

If anyone is interested in checking any the performers here are links to their websites:


  1. Sounds like a cracking gig. I noted your comment about the lack of audience - I've always found goth gigs at Think Tank! to be poorly attended (thinking Bad Pollyanna / Ayria in the past year, though William Control wasn't so bad) - mind, the drinks are so expensive you need a mortgage to drink lager. I have to admit the Globe is just that little bit out on a limb for us to go to for a night out, unless its at a weekend. That's why I'm missing William Control there this week, much as I'd like to see him. Really don't like walking round that area of town to get back to the metro on a night. And don't I sound old!!!

    Every time I see / meet Bad Pollyanna I turn into a gushing fan girl where Olivia is concerned. I may have told her several times I love her, not helped by the husband saying ' she's your number 1 fan!'. She gives good hugs, Olivia. Though the day I spotted her in Starbucks I should probably have left her in peace!

    Was planning on doing Charnel House next week, but I've been asked to go do some writing promo stuff at a local library and suspect I'll be a strung out nervous wreck afterwards!

    Hope the new job is going well.

    1. I can understand the Globe is an inconvenient area, and a bit of a hike from Central metro station, I must admit it's not my favourite venue. I miss Trillian, which was perfect access for transport.Sadly, the new owner messed that up and drove it into the ground. Never mind.

      I never heard of Bad Pollyanna I'll search about for them on youtube. I understand where your coming from in regards to extortionate drink prices.In some venues the drinks end up costing more than concert tickets.A few months ago, me and the boyfriend went to see the Dead Kenndy's at the O2 academy, he managed to get our ticket slightly cheaper as he's friend on FB with one of the supporting band. Fortunately, he got a decent job and make s more than I do so he was purchasing drinks, normally I wouldn't even bother.

      I've been kinda want check Channel house but the boyfriend won't go and I don't know many people there but, it would be nice to go for a change.

      Grindhouse is on this weekend I'm in two minds about going as I wanted to visit Holy Island on Saturday and take some photoes as the Boyfriend is down London for Union meeting

      Good luck with your library written library promo, you''ll be wonderful

    2. Ah thanks. Charnel House plays super music, but I have sometimes felt a bit uncomfortable there, the turn out is never massive. I used to like live bands at Trillians (indeed it was the first pub I ever drank in, aged 15!). Such a shame about the place closing, though there is a rumour it's reopening. Many of my friends are in Whitby this weekend, so I have WGW envy!

      I first saw Bad Pollyanna at Whitby, they're just recording their second album. Gorgeous vocals (thinking Invincible Girl) and proper goth stompers (thinking Monstrous Child and My Incubi). And very very nice people, they've been touring with William Control and AshestoAngels quite a bit.

      The weather on the coast is beautiful for photo taking right now, hope it sticks for you to go up the coast.

      And thanks for the good wishes, it'll be nice to have some actual human interaction next week!

  2. indeed, sounds like a great time and even when there's not much of an audience i think every good music event is something one will never forget...

  3. First of all, I would like to thank you for visiting my blog and your comments

    I do think it was a shame for the bands about the low turn out. Yet, the low turn made the night incredible at the same time, and the performers rocked.


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