Sunday, 19 May 2013

Pea Sea / Silver Fox / Wilt Wagner - Live at The Cluny 2, Newcastle [19th May 2013]

[2013.05.19] Tom Hollingworth, for NARC Magazine.

Up on the hill, the Cumberland is alive with unapologetic derivatives Holy Moly & The Crackers and celebrations of a long Summer eve. As I trip down the steps from the party, I wonder: who will be persuaded inside the Cluny 2 on a night like this?

When Wilt Wagner (Michael J. Patterson) takes to the stage, a handful of people are there to watch. He nonchalantly intersperses drinking beer from a can whilst meandering naive keyboard melodies over gentle beats. The instrumentals are complimented with live vocal noises and the use of taped sounds.

At the changeover, Silver Fox huddle around an archaic keyboard, trying to resuscitate it. Problems are sorted, and the cheeky grins return to the faces of this quartet as they treat us to a healthy amount of newer material, whose soul is still firmly primitive and honest. 

Chris Rollen's band Pea Sea casually assemble on stage instilling anticipatory silence across the room. A vintage-style microphone colours our singer's voice in a subversive opener before he ditches it and follows up with his latest single, Inconceivable.  Tim Greaves broadens the sound with clarinet throughout. The set moves between his variety of rock 'n' roll and quieter songs, such as Charlemagne. At the close, an encore is mightily demanded to which our band appease. 

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