The Hard Aches: The Cambridge Hotel 9th June

Laura Kebby -


First thing is first, due to the Dune Rats playing a sold out show in the other room – this show kicked off at 7pm and had the respectable finish time of 10:30pm. It’s not very rock ‘n’ roll, but damn if it wasn’t a good night’s sleep.

Local outfit Safe Hands opened up proceedings, taking advantage of every second in their short set. The band have been on fire since the release of their latest album Tie Your Soul To Mine; exploring the sonic possibilities of their band while still serving up engaging and energizing live sets. Their drummer Isaac Gibson might just be the best drummer in all of Newcastle, go see them if you get a chance.

One of the biggest sing-a-long moments of the night (and it was a night of many sing-a-longs) came when The Football Club busted out their song ‘Ivy’. Their first time in Newcastle, Football Club laid out a set that purpose built to instantly charmanyone who wasn’t already on board. Lead singer Ruby Markwell spent the rest of the evening behind the merch desk; taking photos, signing faces, and kissing babies.

Muncie Girls are in Australia for the first time, the UK three-piece have spent the last seven years pumping out finely crafted indie-tinged Punk Rock, and it’s a delight to finally see them in the country. It was a great set, featuring songs from across the discography, and closing on ‘Respect’, which features on a new 7” release with The Hard Aches.

The crowd had well and truly packed in by the time The Hard Aches hit the stage, The Cambridge Hotel had rigged set times to make sure that you could catch both The Hard Aches and Dune Rats if you so desired. The Adelaide two-piece don’t waste time, rarely letting a moment sit before launching into the next song, cranking out an all-star set in front of their largest Newcastle show to date. The band played everything from latest single ‘Brain Drain’, to a brand new song, and a few deep cuts from Organs & Airports. The Hard Aches are going from strength to strength, giving everyone who was there tonight the chance to brag down the line – “Yeah, I saw them at The Cambridge Sideroom

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