Saturday the 16th of March marked Viberant Promotion’s inaugural event hosted at Disgraceland Baker Street, Middlesbrough. Local bands Swears, Strangeways and Whale Hill all performed; here’s a little summary of what went down.
Middlesbrough’s local music scene is privileged to boast a sizeable offering of raucous, rabble-raising rock acts. Three of which are Swears, Strangeways and Whale Hill, who we had the pleasure of hosting. As the crowd squeezed into an intimate setting, Whale Hill opened. After treating listeners with their Broken Rose EP- a pair of tracks laden with anthemic buoyancy- the three piece indie rockers brought even more life to their songs with their live performance. Brimming with bravado, new material was also teased, displaying a darker, more aggressive sound.
Strangeways were up next, and the energy Whale Hill brought to Disgraceland was kept high. Fresh from a performance at Leeds’ Kudos January Band Festival, the trio tore through a high-octane set of tracks ranging from garage rock, punk, and trippy post-punk. Their closing track was a personal highlight: as frontman Tom Limon marched into the middle of the audience, microphone in hand, for a fervent flourish.
Last month, headliners Swears released new single Subliminial, a fine addition to their repertoire of doomish, fuzzy alt rock. This repertoire was unleashed on an already lively crowd with total abandon; moshpits soon ensued. Throw in an insanely slick cover of Queens Of The Stone Age’s Make It Wit Chu and you have a set that was more than worthy of topping off a fantastic night.
On behalf of both Viberant and Viberant Promotions, I’d like to give a massive thank you to all three bands for performing, Disgraceland for having us, as well as everyone who came and made it such a special first event. Watch this space.