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gringostarr19.jpg Hey Gringo!

The very excellent Atlanta garage rockers, Gringo Star, are playing Newcastle and Barnard Castle this February. Imagine!

There’s nothing particularly complicated about what Gringo Star do, but their vintage aesthetic still offers fans the undeniable rush of hearing one of the most thrilling sounds that popular music ever conceived: garage rock bashed out with pure joy and no little abandon. “There’s never much premeditation,” says vocalist Nick Furgiule. “We don’t overthink it. The music comes together the way it’s meant to. We simply make what we want to hear.” That all sounds a bit take-it-or-leave-it, but the band remain an interesting, if not vital, proposition because of the different influences they manage to pull in including doo-wop harmonies that appear to have been lifted straight from a 1950s jukebox and some electrifying surfed-up guitar riffs. They are superb live and, luckily, they have two dates in the region this both. My advice: see both.

Gringo Star: Friday 15 February, The Cluny, Ouseburn, Newcastle, 8pm, £10, thecluny.com; Sunday 17 February, Middleton Sports & Social Club, Barnard Castle, 3pm, £6. seetickets.com