Time for a relaxing, spirit boasting night of DIY punk with good friends.
A small gang of us arrived in what we thought was in good time, plastic glasses in hand, upstairs at the Sunderland’s Independent just in time for Little Rocket Records signings Lost Avenue hailing from Derry and comprising of Dylan Bradley on Guitar, Vocals, Dualta Lewington on Bass, Backing Vocals and Michael Brown sticks & Drums collectively deliver a tight more earthy, emotive and entertaining set here on Wearside, if you haven’t caught them yet, I urge you to see them live, the trio deliver more than one firework in a warmly received set.
Empty Lungs take to the stage next, described as a Punk/Indie Rock trio based in Belfast, Northern Ireland, with a fare sized barrage of Whoa a Whoas on every other song backed by too many major chords that hail more from rock, than punk or indie, coupled with a lack of messafe on too many tracks, there were good exemptions, but not enough. Pleasing some, their set left me feeling a tad non too plused.
Much happier by Kent’s Spoliers, from early doors, the fact thar they got better and better, it was no surprise they’ve supported Penetration, although with a grin, inform us they drank most of the rider’s booze content probably helping Pauline and Rob and the band, it wears you down tour by tour drinking to abadon. Good quality from the off by Dan Goatham, Ben Davis, Leon Packer and Stuart Randall, expect lots more from the Canterbury band.
To round things off were Montreal’s finest Lost Love with a slue of healthy songs taken from the ‘Comfortable Scars’ full length, a band I will long remember, having playing over 200 shows in 11 countries over the last 3 years, a number will already know what I am purring about. Drummer Vincent Tremblay continues on good form, matched by guitarists Olivier Theriault and lead vocalist and bass duties from Guilhem Benard all to positive effect.
We do like our finales, a five band line-up and a free gig! Graham and Paul have done all of us here proud, you can’t keep good music down it feels, a thoroughly enjoyable night. 8.8/10
Live photos: Lucy Nesbit Ferry