Liquorice flavour to Masamune’s rock gig

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Get your rocks off with Sunderland band Masamune this summer.

The four-piece rock band, whose sound is influenced by Red Hot Chili Peppers, Muse and Led Zeppelin, is gearing up to stage a host of gigs in the North East.

The first of the gigs is tomorrow at Think Tank in Newcastle, supporting touring band Ashestoangels.

It’s the second support slot which Masamune has secured this year after opening for the Fearless Vampire Killers with Fort Hope at the O2 Academy Newcastle in April.

Next month, the band are hosting their own cocktail party gig at Independent, Holmeside.

Taking place on August 31, the gig follows the success of Masamune’s self organised and promoted EP launch in March and has a “Liquorice Rocktail” theme.

Masamune is made up of Steve Kane (guitar), James Wallace (bass and backing vocals), Jack Johnson (drums) and Neil Anthony (lead vocals).

James said: “We are always thinking of ways in which we can make each of our gigs an occasion, with a unique experience, rather than just another gig.

“Our launch gig was also a video premiere which gave it a different vibe. This time we are going to bring a summery feel to the gig with a free cocktail which the band have invented.”

* Everyone who arrives at Independent on August 31 before 9pm for the Masamune gig will receive a free Masamune Liquorice Rocktail. Doors open at 8pm and local bands Moonrunners and The Shake Appeal will also be playing.

* Tickets for the Ashestoangels and Liquorice Cocktail Party gigs are available from the online Masamune store: www.masamune.bigcartel.com and www.masamune.mu