By Lee Hammond
September 24, 2013
As the autumnal weather sets in outside, The Cluny is hotter than the fires of hell this evening. At the same time buzzing with excitement for tonight Newcastle’s finest venue plays host to two phenomenal bands. The Cluny is almost fit to burst as support band Xaviers take to the stage.
Featuring members of Japanese rock outfit Bo Ningen, this was sure to be exciting. Having made their way on to stage they waste no time in attempting to bend minds and blow the roof off. As none of their material is rehearsed nor recorded we all get to share in something new and evolving in tonight’s short set. Orchestrated by the drummer tainted with blips, squelches and thrashes of guitar, Xaviers thrill, excite and enthuse everyone in this packed crowd.
Despite the aforementioned capacity crowd more people seemed to pile in causing the temperature, and in some cases tempers, to rise even further but the less said about this the better. Out on tour in support of their latest offering Change Becomes Us, a collection of old though newly recorded tracks Wire certainly are a band that have undoubtedly evolved over time. Tonight’s set ably shows the strength and depth of their back catalogue.
They move seamlessly through the old and new, feeding off of the enthusiastic crowd’s energy. Steaming through old hits including crowd favourite ‘Drill’ at the same time newer tracks like ‘Magic Bullet’ and ‘Please Take’ go down a storm with this audience. Spiky post-punk rhythms are the order of the day and they’re as sharp now as they were back in 1976. Colin Newman provides his typically brilliant delivery as Graham Lewis angrily chants his way through the set.
In a testament to how much the band are enjoying themselves this evening they treat the heaving audience to not one encore but two, destroying the venue’s curfew and playing by their own rules in their own imitable style. Tonight it is safe to say Wire have exhibited why they’re loved the world over. Also how change is not only a good thing but a great thing as they always have something wonderful to offer and tonight is no different.
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