Hyde and Beast at Cluny 2, Newcastle on 29th October 2014

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In case you didn’t already know, Hyde and Beast are Dave Hyde (The Futureheads) and Neil Bassett (The Golden Virgins).

Hyde and Beast released their second studio album ‘Keep Moving’ on 4th August to critical acclaim. Our own James Clarke was full of praise for the record when he reviewed it back in July as part of his interview feature with the band.

Keep Moving draws together infectious pop hooks and instantly memorable choruses seemingly synched to festival campfire playlists, most notably on the carousing Crosby, Stills & Nash-infused piano riffs of ‘Open Your Heart’. Says Hyde: “It’s got the lyric, ‘Would you Adam and Eve it?/ Believe that it’s true/ I could never believe it when you said we were through.’ It’s asking someone to open up and let it out, to talk – it’s about breaking up with your missus.” Heartbreak is a recurring theme on the second studio album from this drummer-turned-songwriting duo.

“We didn’t want to leave everything dark,” says Bassett. “Keep Moving is what life’s all about – you keep going, even when things are tough. It’s our way of saying, ‘Despite what’s happened, we’re not sad about things.’ We’re both positive people. We’re both happy. We try to look on the bright side if we can. You always write about what happens to you, so the lyrics are on the downside but they’re sung in an upbeat manner.”

The band have recently taken influences from 70’s music with T-Rex and The Beatles the most obvious ports of call for inspiration.

As a live act Hyde and Beast are thrilling to watch. By common consent they were one of the undoubted highlights of this year’s Split Festival on a bill that included Maximo Park, Dizzee Rascal and The Cribs. Our own festival reviewer, Neale McGeever was glowing in his praise. The Cluny gig will feature a 9 piece band including horn section so expect to be blasted away by beautiful music in a venue renowned for it’s great sound quality.

At the time of writing we are unable to confirm the identity of the support artist but we’re reliably informed that he/she/they can be accurately described as ‘a very special guest’.

Previewer: Russell Poad
Photographer: Graeme Baty

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