The Virginmarys spring tour appeared in Newcastle’s Think Tank as they brought their high level rock music to the north east. Before they return to the studio to record album no.3, the three piece rockers played a solid set compiled from ‘King of Conflict’ and ‘Divides’.
Support act ‘Death to Indie’ opened the evening with a buzzing set, taking to the stage with some post teen mayhem. Industrial drums left you feeling every hit of the snare as it echoed through the room. Some brilliant wailing guitar solos were standard issue from their encouraging performance. A good choice of support who appear to have the confidence to attack any crowd despite a couple of self admitted errors.
Virginmarys opened their set with the popular rifftastic ‘Dead Man’s Shoes’, one of my favourites, firing the small crowd into some head banging and jumping around in enjoyment.
Leading the journey through a mix of debut album and ‘Divides’ tracks was Ally, clearly comfortable and appreciative of the crowd, thanking them regularly for the appearance and repeatedly mentioning his pleasure at performing on saturday night in the toon.
The typically boisterous drums of Danny thundered through the tight guitar and meaty bass loud enough that Ally’s fresh ear plugs weren’t quite doing the job for him. ‘Moths to a Flame’ slowed down the set briefly allowing for a quick breather, sounding as fresh and brilliant as it does on the album.
With nearly 2million plays on spotify (at the time of writing), ‘Motherless Land’ went down well with the crowd and created a brilliant atmosphere which I could see playing a huge part of any festival stage.
‘Just a Ride’, ‘Portrait of Red’ and ‘Lost Weekend’ proved the crowd had some voice as they sang along to the passionate lyrics which has created a good base for the band to grow from. The newer tracks from the latest release also sound great live and proves that this band can keep writing the tunes and they’re not just a one album wonder like so many punk bands before them.
After a quick return to the stage which barely allowed me time to create some more drinking space, the encore ended with an explosive ‘Bang Bang Bang’ leaving the crowd in an energised and appreciative mood as they headed into the corner to purchase an array of merchandise and to meet the band.
Another good performance from a quietly improving band who look very comfortable on stage and deserve every plaudit they receive in my opinion.