The sound of the underground
And among the headliners for this incredibly exciting, three-day knees-up are the superb Part Chimp. Part motherfucking Chimp! Woo hoo! This London outfit are the cultiest of cult band and have been regaling us with some of the sludgiest and noisiest sounds since the year 2000. Their latest album, ‘IV’, came out in 2017 and it was a confident showcase for a band still very much at the top of their game. From the pick-axe dragging over concrete wade of ‘Red Mallard’ to the jack-hammer drive of the rollicking ‘Napoleon’, Part Chimp ask, nor give, any quarter.
Terminal Cheesecake – another of this year’s headliners – have been around, in one guise or another, even longer than Part Chimp and were the first band to sign to the highly respected Wiiija Records in 1988. Their most recent release, 2016’s ‘Dandelion Sauce of the Ancients’, showed that they’d lost none of their headfuckery with the kind of synapse shredding psych that is going to sound absolute incredible when played live.
The third headliners are Glasgow’s brilliant Free Love (pictured - who once answered to the name Happy Meals). This duo make stunning electro-pop that tips its hat to classic 1980s bands such as The Human League, and they’re are not averse to turning on those acid sprinklers either.
Among the other acts playing this inaugural festival – which is bringing together the best of up and coming local talent with the cream of the UK underground – are the likes of ILL, Blom, Shy-Talk, Ballpeen, Ten Sticks, Bilge Pump, Parastatic, Blown Out, Lovely Wife, Okay Champ, Elisabeth Elektra and many more. There will also be some DJ driven action with Stuart Braithwaite, The Candy Vortex and Box Records all scheduled to do their thing. Thrills will undoubtedly ensue.
Brave Exhibitions Festival, Friday 16-Sunday 18 November, The Cluny + Cluny 2, Ouseburn, Newcastle. brave-exhibitions.eu