FFUG: Northumbria University, Newcastle – live review
Northumbria University, Newcastle
23rd April 2016
FFUG are one of the countries most exciting new bands and we witness the full onslaught of their fresh, and powerful sound.
Hyperbole, excitement and enthusiasm often surround new bands, so few bands tend to live up to their billing. Tonight FFUG are are blessed with this same hype, and therefore the associated expectation that goes with it. Tonight they’re about to take to the stage to support Welsh legends the Super Furry Animals, perhaps not the first band you’d expect them to be supporting.
However, Super Furry’s drummer Dafyd Leuan has already produced the bands debut album, which is due out on August 5th. Tonight though this unassuming quartet take the stage with minimal fuss, what follows though is nothing short of astounding. The band only aged between sixteen and nineteen, leap into action there’s an unbridled passion and energy about them.
Tighter than any other band we’ve seen in ages; singer lolo Selyf James has a huge stage presence. Even in this huge hall, his snarling delivery dripping with angst as he delivers these powerful tracks. There’s an excitement and a freshness to the band, with a rawness to their sound. Each track balances on a blistering knife edge, played at breakneck speed as they cram as much as they in to a short space of time.
Whilst on the face of it to they appear not dissimilar to any other young band, despite their staggering performance. lolo flips between English and Welsh throughout their set adding that extra dimension to this insane set. Their primitive and youthful sound benefits from their uncomplicated punk tracks like Be My Friend and Are You With Me truly stand out. It’s an aural assault of epic proportions, its an exhilarating experience watching them, no wonder they’re famed for sweat box shows.
As they tear through closing track Dropping Anchor, their fervent set fast closing in on it’s end we’re left aghast and thrilled by the band. A truly uplifting set by one of the most exciting new bands around. So on this occasion believe the hype, understand the enthusiasm as FFUG really are an incredibly special band.
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