LIVE REVIEW: The Eddies + The Apparents + Cuttin’ Edge, Black Bull, Gateshead, Saturday 29 February 2020

The Eddies’ singer Lee performing at the Black Bull. Pic: Gary Welford.

Storm Jorge may have caused havoc up and down the country, but it takes more than a bit of wind and rain to stop marauding Scots heading south. Ask the Roman Emperor Hadrian; he built a 73-mile wall.

These days the Scots come in peace, if not peacefully. This was the first time at Gateshead’s very own punk pub for all three of these rowdy visitors, none of who I’d seen – or even heard – before.

First footing were Cuttin’ Edge, a four-piece from Glasgow, who struck me as the result of an unholy coupling between Motorhead and the Anti-Nowhere League.

Cuttin’ Edge performing at the Black Bull. Pic: Gary Welford.

They’ve only been going a year or so, but have already played support slots for Discharge and The Lurkers, among others.

They’re a cosmopolitan lot: vocalist Roddy may be familiar from Glaswegian punks Razorblade Smile, but guitarist Luigi and bass player Luca are Italian, and drummer Chino is Polish.

Their debut album Face Down is out on Rebellion Records soon, and if you like your punk served with a generous helping of metal, they could be right up your street.

Cuttin’ Edge singer Roddy performing at the Black Bull. Pic: Gary Welford.

I didn’t see a setlist – they seemed to make it up as they went along – but the standouts from the songs I can remember are Face Down, Never Give Up and How Do We Know Who Won The War. Find the band on Facebook here.

Next up were a band who are a little further forward in their journey, The Apparents. They’re a five-piece from Cumnock in Ayrshire, who mix old school ’77 punk with a big dollop of modern streetpunk, resulting in a glorious noise.

The Apparents performing at the Black Bull. Pic: Gary Welford.

As far as I can tell they have a couple of releases to their name – the five-track EP The Face May Change, from 2018, and last year’s debut full-length Singin’ Songs & Righting Wrongs.

Sadly they didn’t seem to have any for sale here, but they are available from their Bandcamp page here.

Formed by guitarists Geordie and Monty, they’re loud, fast, and write angry but melodic songs with a social conscience, as well as ranting about the idiocy of society.

The Apparents performing at the Black Bull. Pic: Gary Welford.

Standout tracks tonight included Working Never Ends, The Ballad of Jeremy Hunt, new song Greasy Jesus and Tory Boy (the latter being on the aforementioned EP). Great stuff.

Headlining tonight were The Eddies, a five-piece from Dundee who’ve been going since 1994, but it’s surprisingly difficult to find any information about their releases.

Lee, Andy, Ed, Ian and Steve have supported a veritable ‘who’s who’ of punk bands, as well as playing their own headline gigs, made their Rebellion Festival debut in 2017 on the Introducing stage, and have been asked back every year since.

The Eddies’ singer Lee performing at the Black Bull. Pic: Gary Welford.

It’s easy to see why. They play an energetic brand of punk which I’d liken to someone like The Bouncing Souls, and, like the other two bands tonight, they are dead tight (forget the old slur that punks can’t play. Oh yes they can).

They opened with the anthemic Punk For Life, and followed it with My Game My Rules, from their most recent release, 2019’s Still Takin’ The Mick EP (available on CD and white 10in vinyl).

The Rage, Control and the EP’s ‘title track’, Takin’ The Mick (a tribute to their late guitarist Mick Kilbride, who died from cancer in 2017), were among the highlights of their set.

The Eddies performing at the Black Bull. Pic: Gary Welford.

I wasn’t the only one present who left with a copy of said release (which is available on Bandcamp here), and I made a mental note to try to track down some of their earlier stuff.

It might have been the very first time at the Black Bull for all these bands, but given the good time had by everyone present, I hope it isn’t the last.

Gary Welford owner