O’Messy Life + Nately’s Whore’s Kid Sister and The Lake Poets, O’Messy Life Single Launch, The Cluny, Newcastle, 22 October 2011

Arriving just as The Lake Poets were finishing their final song, I cant really give much of a solid review of something I didn’t witness. However, I can guarantee that if I had seen their entire set I would be explaining how it was full of “hypnotic, intricate guitar work accompanied by hauntingly beautiful vocals”. Maybe I’ll just have to save a more in depth review for the next time I get to catch the Lake Poets, which, hopefully, will be very soon.

A band I did make it in time for though, Nately’s Whore’s Kid Sister, were an entirely different beast altogether. After the gentle and heartwamring songs of The Lake Poets, the mood in the Cluny couldn’t have changed anymore, in a good way though. Nately’s Whore’s Kid Sister is the alter ego/evil twin/schizophrenic other side to the North East band Grandfather Birds. Acting as an output for the darker and more sinister feelings of the band members, Natley’s Whore’s Kid Sister is a band that I have fallen in love with. All five members take to the stage sporting face paint, shorts, vests and electrical tape they have a serious and ironic menace about them. Beginning with a simple chord progression ringing out from a single guitar backed with haunting vocals, this band don’t seem to be anything out of the ordinary (except for the face paints and electrical tape). Give that about a minutes time and everything changes.

Joining the singular guitar, after about a minute, come a hail of overdriven noise. The lowest, noisiest and most brutal sounds emanate from the instruments of the five members on stage. This can only be described as doom, or in the words of the singer, sludge pop. Dual drum set up, with one regular drummer pounding out sickeningly slow and precise beats back by a second with an up turned bass drum adding a second, lower and more bassier dimension to the rhythm section. More so, the bassist has the most overdriven bass sound I have seen live. Combined with the use of a bow on certain songs, the rhythm section is perfect in backing this dingy noise quintet. The vocals continue in their original fashion, but the guitars get so much more distorted and drown in audience in a dark wall of noise.

O' Messy's LifeAs the set continues, it just gets noisier and livelier. With out of control “dancing’ coming from the guitarist the band really feel like the are dedicated and engaged in the sound that they are creating. Lengthy compositions continue with vocal monologues accompanied by the droney, noisy, instrumental sound of the band. As the set comes to a close, the guitarist joins the crowd off stage in an unhinged and out of control final effort on guitar before retreating to the dressing room.

Next up, the band that the night is being held for, O’Messy Life. They are a band I have heard one record yet never experienced their live set so I was looking forward to seeing what they had to offer. Starting off with a slow number, I wasn’t fully enthusiastic of their performance and was hoping that they would step it up. Thankfully, with the arrival of their next song, they did. I don’t know quite how to describe this band. At some points they had a very weezeresque sound, but at some points they sounded like Springsteen. Whatever they sound like, I enjoyed it. Playing through a set that was full of 90’s inspired, wailing guitar solos akin to those of J Mascis and thick distorted choruses, O’Messy Life were a band that I particularly enjoyed. With the arrival of their new single, everyone in the crowd seemed to be enjoying the sounds they were hearing. Slacker inspired songs played at their best, I was definitely into the music they were playing after the initial hesitation. Between songs, the on stage “banter” was second to none. Stories about Goths, Nightmare before Christmas and everything else imaginable the origin of their satirical songs seemed apparent. With their set coming to a close I felt fully satisfied with the set I had just seen. I recommend O’Messy Life to each and every one of you reading this, as I’m sure there will be something in there that will please you musical tastes.

For me though, I felt that Nately’s Whore’s Kid Sister stole the show for me. Not to say that the other bands didn’t excite me, but Nately’s had something special for me. I don’t know whether it was the sound, the theatrics, the style or simply the feel I got from seeing them live but they were definitely my favourites of the night. Granted, they are not going to be to everyone’s taste I still feel that you should give them a chance. The underbelly of the North East scene, I’m hoping to see a lot more of these around and with the apparent work on a debut EP, I hope it comes sooner rather than later.


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