The Cluny Newcastle
30th of June 2014
The awesome Pains of Being Pure at Heart roll into town with their fantastic new album Days of Abandon. They set about blowing the roof off The Cluny tonight and we’re there to witness this awesome spectacle.
Tonight sees the return of one of America’s finest indie bands to the humble surroundings of The Cluny in Newcastle. With a new album Days of Abandon, Kip and his band are back to thrill us. Opening up tonight though are Brighton’s finest Fear of Men, their super sweet indie pop fills the venue as we arrive. These guys have a great pop sensibility and beautiful harmonies.
We cannot help but swoon over the beauty of Fear of Men’s music, something of a contrast to the more frenetic Pains of Being Pure at Heart. Tonight’s set starts slightly differently to most we feel, as Kip takes to the stage alone to perform a special track for a lady called Gemma. As Kip serenades, the packed crowd swoon, before he welcomes the rest of the band to the stage.
Wasting no time the band are off and a number of tracks from Days of Abandon are on show this evening, huge crowd favourite Kelly sounds absolutely awesome. Something of a departure from the guitar laden tracks of old; the guys sing the harmonies as Jess takes the lead on this track.
Like Kelly, new track Simple and Sure takes on a slightly more dreamy vibe. This time Kip’s vocals are more relaxed, it’s a more casual delivery, with instrumentation to embellish the dreamy vibe. This track could easily be a summer anthem, one for the lazy afternoons in the beer garden.
Come Saturday sounds amazing this evening, with its fuzzy guitars and heavily reverbed vocals. The equally brilliant Young Adult Fiction is a more jangly affair, yet still it sounds so good this evening with the duelling vocals of Kip and Jess. Kip’s also taking time out of the set to express his love for the Geordie people and how they wear the same clothes all year round come rain or shine – there are no coats in Newcastle!
Kip opens the encore with another solo track again leaving the ladies in the front row falling at his feet, his soft delivery of Ramona is beautiful and touching. The rest of the band arrives back on the stage to help Kip close out what has been a truly brilliant evening of music. One that we will not forget in a hurry as these guys truly blew us away.
All words and pictures by Lee Hammond. You can check out more work by Lee by visiting his Louder Than War Author’s Archive here.