Only releasing their debut EP ‘Expectations’ one day prior, The Old Pink House’s headline gig at The Cluny was the perfect opportunity to celebrate their success. Not only this, but it was also their biggest hometown gig to date – and there’s nowhere better to celebrate how far you’ve come than the place where it all started.
With support coming from both Penguin and Llovers, the bill showcased just how great the North East music scene is at the moment.
Also from Newcastle, Penguin kicked off the night with an incredible start. Albeit a short set, the band managed to pack in tonnes of energy. With musical similarities to The Old Pink House, latest single ‘Get Me Out’ is a treat. The anticipation created from its build-up is truly exciting and just lovely to listen to – an all-around pleasure.
Next up were Teesside’s indie pop quintet, Llovers – potentially the dreamiest synth-pop infused live act I’ve ever seen. The band held quite the crowd too, who were especially excitable during obvious fan favourites ‘Feeling Sound’ and ‘I Don’t Mind’. Their sparkling synth and faultless vocals were beautiful.
By the time the lights dimmed for The Old Pink House’s performance, it was vividly obvious from the atmosphere that the band are really gaining momentum in the local music scene. The Cluny was packed to the brim with eager gig-goers and there was a pure buzz of excitement whirling around the room.
The crowd surely were alive, with everyone singing and dancing along to songs both new and relatively-old. New releases ‘Jaded’ and ‘Hearts Beat’ seemed to be clear fan favourites, with first ever single ‘So Bad’ also creating quite an amicable stir. Frontman Chris’ vocals were impressively spotless, with the band seemingly thoroughly enjoying themselves on stage.
There’s no surprise that final song of the night, ‘Expectations’, welcomed the greatest response. The track’s groovy bass line and splashes of synth create nothing less than something massive and live, the song is even more powerful than on record.
As the lights came on and the crowd left the venue, it was obvious that The Old Pink House had left everyone on an ultimate high.
Overall, the night proved to be yet another great success for the band, and it was an evening that they should be truly proud of.