Local rock ‘n’ roll outfit The White Negroes are set for a huge summer of festival appearances in the coming months. Back on the road again for a string of festival season gigs, the Hartlepool quintet find themselves once again traversing the North East music scene including a well-anticipated performance at our very own third birthday celebration at Stockton’s coveted Musiclounge this month where they’ll be performing with their brass section, The HeeBee GeeBee Horns.
Just as LA gave us The Beach Boys, and Dusseldorf produced Kraftwerk, the post-industrial wasteland of Hartlepool spewed up The White Negroes. Taking their name from Norman Mailer’s seminal Beat essay, ‘The White Negro: Superficial Reflections on the Hipster’, the band are a five-man force of nature whose music and notorious essence has been described rather bluntly as ‘U2 on glue’!
Undeniably formidable in the live setting, the Hartlepool-born outfit has conquered the region for over twenty-five years now, essentially establishing themselves as: “The house band at the legendary Cactus club nights at Middlesbrough Arena in the mid 90s, appearing on the same stage as the likes of Oasis, Ocean Colour Scene and the Stereophonics in the golden Britpop era.”
Band spokesman, ‘Sweet’ Dick Funk, said: “The band describes their sound as stadium rock in a workingmen’s club so playing outdoors at festivals in the summer really is the band at their best. The boys know how to put on a show and they are the perfect festival band in a lot of ways – they’ll always slay their audience. The band has been meditating over this long winter and can’t wait to get out and play for the all the beautiful people this summer, after all, they are the people’s band.”
This time round in the summer of the eighteenth year of the third millennium, the band are back at it with force as they prepare to make a number of appearances at such regional festivals as ‘Scoop’, ‘VolksPower’ and ‘Hartlepool Rum and Beer Festivals’ commencing in early July when they entertain the crowd at ‘Down in The Woods Festival’ in Northallerton. More festival dates are set to be announced in due course.
In somewhat of a candid extract from The White Negroes’ blog; ‘the band came close to signing for Parlophone Records but famously put their head of A&R on a whitey when he came to see them perform live – and their ‘unmanageable’ reputation was sealed within the industry.’
“The Hartlepool-born outfit has conquered the region for over twenty-five years now”
The White Negroes latest release, ‘Negromania’, an eleven track LP, features some the band’s most beloved hits such as ‘Don’t Fear the Reefer’ and ‘One of These Days’. From remixes to house remixes to ‘skunk psychosis mixes’, the album has it all and is available to download now from iTunes.
Here at NE Volume we are incredibly proud to announce that we are now in our third year of existence and after three long and hard years we thought we’d celebrate – and who else better to help us do exactly that than a group who have been described as ‘the region’s greatest ever live band’!
The White Negroes will be joining Darlington’s 2-Tone ska specialists The Skapones and Middlesbrough’s Alistair James at one of Stockton’s most respected music venues, The Musiclounge, on Friday 29th June. Come down and help us celebrate our birthday and experience the magnitude of The White Negroes live in a performance not to be missed!
To purchase tickets to our third birthday party featuring The White Negroes, The Skapones and Alistair James, please head to seetickets.com or call Lee on 07594486754. Tickets are priced at £5.00 in advance or £7.00 OTD.