The Tynemouth Surf Café is rapidly becoming the go-to venue of the North east. Alongside regular weekly open mic nights, the Café is responsible for bringing old and new music to the town. Located almost on the beach, overlooking Tynemouth Bay, the Surf Café is a fairly small café with a huge reputation. The intimate venue was only made to house surfers after their daily wave ride, but the venue has been providing the highest quality music for a while now.
Baby Strange are a punk band, with a dash of grunge, described as playing “hooky, driving guitar music with a dark, nihilistic streak.” Hailing from Glasgow, the trio’s visit to the region is well overdue. They broadcasted their desire to play the area on social media “We should do a gig in the Newcastle area. We really should. Why don’t we? Ok, I think we will”, which was met with great anticipation. Having not visited since a support slot with Palma Violets in late 2013, the band has come on a long way since.
Particular young ears have taken a likening to the new material. The radical, fresh and new singles ‘Friend’ and ‘VVV’ have appeared on hit TV series Made In Chelsea – indicating the band aren’t just narrowing themselves into one genre. As a result of this it’s easy imagine fans getting a thrill out of what they do, and buying into their dark side posturing.
VVV by Baby Strange
‘Pure Evil’ finds the singer complaining that he is “tired of my generation” and comes with an accompanying video featuring your typical Saturday night rave circa 1990. When asked about the song, the singer does indeed admit, “I’m just not very happy with the way things are around me”, and the reasoning behind the video, “We’re all huge fans of electronic music and we love everything that comes with it.”
Support for the headliners performance comes from two-piece noisy psych punks Twin Mirrors and Newcastle based foursome, Coquin Migale. The band is one of a current crop of Newcastle acts that are causing excitement on the national stage. There’s no band that could suit the scene better, with the (hopefully) sunny weather outside accompanying their mature, guitar-driven indie sound. The songs are full of fluctuating tempos and head banging choruses. Debut single ‘Gold’ is a strong sign of the bands intent and willingness to go far. The band’s infectious live sound is coupled with their energetic live performances; make this an exciting gig for everyone attending
Previewer: Bill Edgar