HYDE & Beast will be rounding off a cracking 2014 with a home town set at Independent.
They’ll be performing tracks from second album Keep Moving, which has won critical and fan acclaim since it was released in the summer.
The psychedelic rock act, which performs as a duo and as a band, was formed by drummers Dave Hyde, from The Futureheads, and Neil Bassett from The Golden Virgins.
Dave said: “It’s been a great year for Hyde & Beast with the release of our second album and the brilliant reviews and UK tour that followed.
“We’re already getting offers for summer festivals next year, so it’s building up nicely for next year, but it’ll be nice to finish off the year with a hometown show in Sunderland.”
Their latest record, the result of a year of bereavement, personal loss and despair, is their most emotionally heavyweight recording to date.
“It’s been a difficult time for us,” said Neil, talking from the band’s Sunderland studio. “We’ve both been through relationship break-ups and I’ve lost someone close to me. All that came out in the album. The songs are very happy-sounding, but the mood is melancholic – kind of like The Jackson 5’s I Want You Back, or Tears Of A Clown by Smokey Robinson.”
He added: “Keep Moving is what life’s all about – you keep going, even when things are tough. It’s our way of saying, ‘Despite what’s happened, we’re not sad about things.’ We’re both positive people. We’re both happy. We try to look on the bright side if we can.
“You always write about what happens to you, so the lyrics are on the downside but they’re sung in an upbeat manner.”
•Tickets for Hyde & Beast at Independent, Holmeside, Sunderland, on Saturday are £7 from Hot Rats in Stockton Road or online at www.netickets.net. Doors open at 8pm.
•We’ve teamed up with Hyde & Beast to give away two pairs of tickets for Saturday’s gig. To be in with a chance of winning, answer this question: what is the name of the band’s latest album?
A) Keep Moving
B) Keep Calm
C) Keep Safe
Email your answer with your contact details to Katy.firstname.lastname@example.org by noon tomorrow.