Fear Like Us have a rich history in the city of Newcastle; frontman Jamie Hay walked the boards as patk of seminal punk bands Pitfall and Conation, in fact, the majority of the band originally called Newcastle home. So naturally they had to stop at The Lass O’Gowrie on their national tour in support of their new album Succor.
The show was opened up by Rangers of the Universe. It was only the band’s third gig, but they impressed with some Punk-influenced Rock n Roll that calls to mind Iggy Pop and the New York Dolls.
Two-piece Hey Lady! were up next, setting up side by side, the band went through a short but powerful set that showcased the best of what the band was capable of. Guitar/Singer Jess makes great use of a vocal harmonizer to give her vocals an extra crunch. Hey Lady! are a band that are constantly enjoyable to see live.
Run Squirrel launched their debut album Sad Town in style in front of a packed out hometown crowd. The set also served as an introduction to their new look line; a new lead guitarist and bassist joining the lineup. The four-piece mostly played tracks from their new album to a very receptive audience.
The crowd pack in tight as Fear Like Us take the stage. Frontman Hay has swapped his acoustic guitar for a Fender Telecaster, and it makes the band sound even bigger. Tracks from Succour are lapped up by fans, and the room just pops that extra little bit when tracks from their previous releases are thrown in. They finish on their most recent single ‘Lowest Form Of Love’, finishing on a high and fans ask for an encore, a testament to just how damn good this band is.