WE’RE coming to the end of March and the beaks and feathers are out in full force.
No, not the little egg layers that make nests in my rotary washing line, but Sunderland’s very own abrasive, instrumental super group B>E>A>K, headlining the 44th Beats Happening ‘alternative’ alternative music night.
Being somewhat pretentious and a bit cynical, I usually make it my aim in life to avoid support acts and arrive just in time for the band I’m paying for.
This time I didn’t. I got there early and watched in anticipation to see this new band that B>E>A>K have taken under their wing.
Within ten seconds I was hooked, head involuntarily nodding, foot uncontrollably tapping and thumbs quickly following the band on Twitter.
We Beat The System describe themselves as ‘massive, powerful and catchy’ and I couldn’t think of three better adjectives that would do them justice.
Part-Editors, part-Interpol, it’s little wonder the five-piece won the accolade of the UK’s Best Alternative Unsigned Act last year at the Live and Unsigned competition.
B>E>A>K – innovative and original – soon made their way to the stage and the already chirpy crowd went wild.
Joined by two guest members, the Silver Sparrow on sax and the Black Crow doubling up with the Red Rooster on drums, they burst into the crowd pleaser, Kehaar, whilst the Yellow Belly and White Swan handed out keepsake feathers to the watching faithful.
B>E>A>K gigs always have a feel-good factor about them and this was no exception.
Sunderland’s music elite were there in admiration, with members of The Futureheads, Field Music, Frankie and the Heartstrings and Young Legionnaire in the crowd, bopping along to the Blue Tit’s bird bass and the Green Gannet’s organ during old favourites Stairway to Hendon and Culture Vulture as well as new song Chicken Cottage – a homage to Holmeside’s own.
B>E>A>K certainly know how to put on a show – they are ferociously stimulating – and the high-energy gig flew over in no time, climaxing with the congregation chanting ‘Get Ya B>E>A>K On’ in unison.
If you haven’t yet had the privilege of hearing B>E>A>K, get your claws on the free downloads on their website, the spectacle of their live event is not to be missed.