Although we had to miss out on Killing for Company's gig last Friday (a mere 600 mile round trip... they're good, but...), Elaine and I still managed a bit of giggage with a trip to the Three Tuns in Gateshead to see The Karma Heart, who had played with the Welsh rockers on the Newcastle leg of the Die So Fluid tour in February.
Complete with Killing for Company t-shirt and hoody (or is it hoodie..? No matter...), we left our Middlesbrough home and headed up the A19, stopping off at the iconic Angel of the North for what I can only describe as a top quality photo shoot (see below)...
The route through Low Fell and Gateshead took us near to where I used to live and also within slogging distance of Eastwood Gardens, home of Gateshead Fell Cricket Club where I spent many a pleasurable summer afternoon getting... well... slogged.
Curiously, the free gig cost £2 a head, which basically meant having to share a bag of crisps rather than having one each. However, as the packet in question was two weeks out of date, perhaps the entry fee was a blessing!
We said a quick hello to TKH's singer Jen before watching Saints of Arcadia do their thing. We were standing slightly out of view of the stage and we could only see one of the guitarists and the lead singer. Don't get me wrong, they put on a really good show, but it was a little hard to concentrate on the music when the two visible blokes looked like Ricky Gervais and Russell Brand. Well worth a listen though...
And then came The Karma Heart. Elaine and I stood near the front, next to the speaker, in order to get some pictures and video one of the songs. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but our ears were buzzing like mad after a quarter of an hour. We scuttled to the back of the room to compare deafness... pretty pointless when neither of us could hear, but thankfully, normal aural service was resumed by the following morning.
Anyway... The Karma Heart; excellent band, great set (especially There's Not a Star in the Sky and Desire) and to cap off a top night, we even made it home in time for a cup of tea, a hot cross bun and Match of the Day.
Rock 'n' roll!!!
All my own work... almost.