Two explosive bands take to the Sunderland stage next month.
Detroit rockers Glitter Trash and punk rock ‘n’ rollers The Creepshow will both headline at Arizona, in Park Lane, in the coming weeks.
First up, on Wednesday, August 5, is Glitter Trash.
They’re doing their first ever UK date in Sunderland this summer as a warm-up show to Blackpool’s International Punk Festival, Rebellion.
The four-piece is an unpredictable high energy Motor City rock band, keeping in tradition with the hallowed Detroit Sound that was born in the late ’60s and early ’70s.
They’ll be wielding a wide range of song styles that they say will challenge the audience.
The following week, on Wednesday, August 12, The Creepshow will play the venue.
Since forming in Ontario, Canada, in 2005, the band has brought their genre-defying blend of country-tinged, psycho punk rock ‘n’ roll to more than 25 countries.
Fronted by Kenda (guitar/vocals) and backed by Sean “Sick Boy” McNab (stand-up bass/vox), The Reverend McGinty (sermons/organ/vocals) and Sandro (skins), The Creepshow bring an explosive live energy to the stage.
While their lyrics draw inspiration from B-movies and early horror films, they’re also full of personal insight and stories dealing with everything from addiction to mental health to tales of love gone horribly wrong.
Phil Hughes, promoter from The Point and Arizona, said: “The Creepshow’s passion for touring is borderline obsessive-compulsive.
“They have an incredibly personal dedication to their fans and their live show that is nothing short of astounding.
“Watching their set is a full frontal assault on all your senses and you definitely have to stay on your toes when you’re at one of their shows.
“You never know when they might rush into the crowd for a scream-along with fans or launch their band mates across the stage from the neck of the stand up bass.”
The band’s debut album, Sell Your Soul, came out in 2006 and saw them embark on a tour across the USA, Canada and Europe.
They’ve gone on to share the stage with the likes of Rancid, Tiger Army, The Buzzcocks, The Unseen, Agnostic Front, Mad Sin, Demented Are Go and more.
Their most recent album, their fourth release, is Life After Death and it covers everything from bloody revenge to unconventional love to the joys of cocktails to defiance in the face of insurmountable adversity and back again.
The two acts are the latest to play at the leisure complex as part of its drive to provide more live music in the city centre. The complex is still home to Arizona and Purple Bar, but the former Union nightclub has been rebranded as the complex’s name, The Point.
After closing for a number of months for renovation, it now houses the city centre’s largest live music stage and has played host to acts including Britpop favourites Cast in recent months.
Last summer, a forfeiture notice was placed on the doors of The Point by Parkinson Bailiff Services Limited.But the complex, on the site of the former ABC cinema in Holmeside, was bailed out by Sunderland woman Lorraine Griffiths, who announced her intention to turn it into an 02 Academy-style venue.
•Glitter Trash play Arizona, Park Lane, Sunderland, on August 5. Tickets from The Point Box Office and www.seetickets.com priced £5
•The Creepshow play Arizona on August 12. Tickets from The Point Box Office and www.seetickets.com priced £10, or buy from The Point Box Office and get both gigs for £10.