SUNDERLAND’S North Shore hosts two generations of punk on Saturday when The Stranglers line up with The Futureheads.
The Stranglers hail from the original 1970s period of punk rock and boast an incredible 23 UK top 40 hits, a massive fan base and five decades in the music industry.
The Futureheads were formed in 2000 during the post-punk revival and have always proudly flown the flag for Sunderland during their many successes both nationally and internationally.
They have notched up three top twenty albums and a top ten single, The Hounds of Love, which was also NME Single of the Year in 2005.
Also on the bill are the brand new Hyde & Beast, who have been dubbed “Sunderland’s Super Group” by the BBC’s Lauren Laverne and boast two members of the Futureheads (Dave and Barry Hyde) and also a couple of Golden Virgins (Lucas Renney and Neil Bassett).
The Stranglers are fronted by Sunderland-born Baz Warne, who can’t wait to come home for the gig. He said: “It’s always lovely when you get a chance to play near home. You can catch up with your mates and family and sleep in your own bed afterwards. I’m looking forward to playing very much as it happens, I love playing in the North East.”
The Futureheads’ front man Barry Hyde added: “This is an historical gig for the city. Three generations of Sunderland musicians, Hyde & Beast, The Futureheads and Baz Warne. Baz Warne is a Sunderland-born musician of the absolute highest order; The Stranglers are one of the most important bands of the most important times in music. Full stop.
“They now have a Mackem singer, which seems perfect to me. Come to this gig, it’s going to be a Blitzkrieg of blinding music and a proper Sunderland atmosphere, which is, in my opinion, one of the greatest atmospheres a musician or an audience can experience.”
Ironically, both Barry Hyde and Baz Warne, (who grew up in the same street in Sunderland, Ashbrooke Terrace), have their brothers to thank for their careers in music.
Dave Hyde was given a golden guitar by his parents when he was young, but Barry stole it off him so he could learn to play.
And, although Dave did eventually benefit from the theft when he ended up playing drums in The Futureheads, he is now also singer/songwriter/guitarist in Hyde & Beast.
Meanwhile, further up the street, a few years earlier, it turns out that the other Barry (Warne) also claimed his brother (Dave’s) guitar as his own so he could emulate his punk heroes, and after a career in the likes of The Toy Dolls, he ended up fronting The Stranglers.
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