This week’s Whirling Dervish, which takes place every Thursday at TSOne in Middlesbrough, was descended upon by a diverse trio of bands – fuelling the hungry ears of Teesside’s avid gig-goers.
Kicking off the night was The Golden Age of Nothing, founded in Stockton, who have written some really moving goth/alternative tunes. Their set put the audience through a rollercoaster ride of sound, exploiting the monotonous pounding of their drum machine ‘Miss Whippy’, overlaid with creamy guitars and wailing sweeps of electric violin. Politically-driven lyrics pull this band together as a force to be reckoned with!
A few more beers later, Cult Figure were up on the bill. Their set seemed to start off a little shaky, but they really got into it after the first couple of songs. These guys had a bit of a genre mash going on, with classic rock guitar solos and even a little 90s brit-pop inspired vocals creeping in there. The addition of some keyboard playing by lead singer, Mike really took the sound to another level – adding a lot more depth and feel to their music.
In terms or Ceiling Demons, if you’ve not seen them in the past then you’ve been missing out, big style.
Headlining the night as they should, twin brothers Psy and Dan bring their home-grown Teesside talent to TSOne – and what a show it was! Their set is focused around vocalising their impressions of human emotion and what it means to live, as well as what awaits us in the afterlife.
On top of all that, the coming together of live guitar and drums with electronic percussion and dark synth sounds gives them a sonic edge and the perfect platform for their stories.
Masked faces add to the mysteriousness of their performance, leaving the crowd in limbo, asking questions and wanting to know more as the night drew to a close.
Keep a look out for their new single ‘Nil’ being released on Win Big Records this month.