Review: School of Language, The Cluny, Newcastle, Monday, April 7.

David Brewis
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FROM now on, I reckon all weeks should start off with a pop gig with cake and basslines so low the sound booth rattles.

Monday night saw the first date of School of Language’s tour and signalled the launch of second album Old Fears by David Brewis’s side project away from Field Music, the band he fronts with brother Peter.

To complement the rose-coloured vinyl which the record has been pressed on and its striking album cover, David’s wife made some pink-iced cakes to give the night a definite party feel. A lovely touch.

The new release has moved on some way from debut Sea From Shore, built around funk and disco and production skills which count Justin Timberlake’s work and n*e*r*d among its influences.

Its Dud of the Week title in last weekend’s Sunday Times review, which said it fell short of its aim, seems more than harsh.

Much like Field Music’s material, it’s a series of weird and wonderful sounds stitched together into tracks which stick in your ears and mind for ages. I see nothing wrong 
with that.

Heavily 80s inspired, it’s like spot the riff too, from familiar twangs of Prince, to guitar which invoke Robert Fripp’s work with Bowie and Kraftwerk among others. It even has a finger click to boot.

Live, it works wonderfully.

Seeing David take centre stage, rather than sharing the duties, felt strange, but he took to the task .

The set list rattled through tracks from the new album, with Distance Between a standout and my query about how the vocals on Suits Us Better would work live was answered – it all seemed very simple in the end.

The very polite crowd nodded along and showed plenty of appreciation in between.

Rockist, among the songs played from Sea From Shore, sounded a little out of time at points, but either way, still brilliant, especially given this was the first outing for the band, which is made up of members from a host of Wearside groups.

Now my search for that 
vinyl, which had all sold out on the night, and a cake to enjoy it with, begins.