First up on Sat 16th are The Fallen Leaves supported by The Cathode Ray and Sound Reaction. The Westgarth has almost become a second home for the West London band and they never fail to please with their Sixties garage and Seventies punk influences. They discard modern technology where ever possible and are simply at their best live as anyone who has seen them will testify. Sadly Bill Lewington has vacated the drum stool but has been ably replaced by Brett “Buddy” Ascot who pounded the skins for The Chords. We all know it’s “Punk Rock For Gentlemen” but these “Simple Songs For Complex People” are well worth investing in.
The Cathode Ray, founders of the excellent Stereogram record label went down a treat when they visited Teesside in 2015 and make a welcome quick return. Their music is described as Manchester meets New York. Think XTC or Magazine with a disco beat and you won’t be able to Resist!
Sound Reaction from Sunderland complete the line-up with mod/rock tunes.
On April 29th Band of Holy Joy headline for the 3rd time at the venue. The band seem to have been going for ever in various formats but the line-up has been stable for a few years now and last years Land of Holy Joy album is their best yet and it rightly featured in many of the music magazines Best of 2015 lists. Utilising stunning visual effects , the music is deep, dark and brooding but at the same time engaging and uplifting, best enjoyed live.
Ex Penetration guitarist Gary Chaplin formed Quarterlight as a one man band initially but now its a full band show and is a very much a work in progress. The tunes & visuals are under construction and expect the unexpected.
Unfortunately Roy Moller is now unable to play this show. A replacement has yet be to confirmed but hopefully news soon so check back.