I went to this gig last night in Newcastle. It isn't often that I go to a gig and ALL three bands are pretty good.
Test Icicles - I was a little disappointed with the PA during their set. It simply wasnâ€™t loud enough. Quite a few people were heard shouting at the sound guy to â€˜turn it upâ€™. Nevertheless they put up a pretty good performance on the night, and can I single out the â€˜pink guitarâ€™ wielding member for high praise. He was an incredible showman, and a seemingly amazing guitarist. I only wish it had been loud enough as it had very little impact.
Help She Canâ€™t Swim â€“ I thought these guys were pretty good. I went there hoping for something special after everyone on DiS had said they were pretty ACE. Although it didnâ€™t knock me out, it made me want to search out an album/EP. They seemed like they were having a lot of fun on stage and this had a similar effect on the watching audience. Lots of fun.
Damn Arms â€“ Mistook these for HSCS at first (I didnâ€™t realise there was three bands on). Anyway, WOW!! Has anybody else heard these guys? They are from Australia (Bangbang?) and I believe this is their first visit to the UK. They totally blew me away and were by far the best band on the night. Very energetic and extremely loud, disco/guitar noise. If you get a chance, check these guys out.
Test Icicles â€“ 6/10
HSCS â€“ 7/10
Damn Arms â€“ 8/10