Search

Music review: Hyde and Beast at The Sebright Arms

PUBLISHED: 15:03 21 August 2015 | UPDATED: 15:04 21 August 2015

Hyde and Beast. Picture: Paul Alexander Knox

Hyde and Beast. Picture: Paul Alexander Knox

All Rights Reserved

A ferociously powerful gig heralds rise of a beast says Greg Wetherall

Towards the close of this headline show, Sunderland’s Hyde & Beast offer ample demonstration as to the reason why this small and sweaty basement venue in east London is packed to the rafters with not just gig-going punters, but more than its usual fair share of press members.

Signing off with the title track from their recently-released EP Hard Times Good Times, the gathered are met with the full unremitting power of a horn-hooked tour-de-force. Such is the ferocity of this tune that you would be forgiven for thinking that the structure of the building might be compromised entirely. Especially when drummer Neil Bassett can be seen pounding the kit like John Bonham in a bad mood. The song itself, with a sax refrain similar to Acoustic Ladyland’s Cuts and Lies and vocals sonorously Crosby, Stills & Nash-like, is the sort of wonderful fusion that Steve Mason might conjure at his most inspired.

The band, led by the Futureheads drummer Dave Hyde and his aforementioned cohort, former Golden Virgins drummer Bassett, are fast building a reputation as tunesmiths of quite some calibre. Headlining the Sebright Arms, the five-piece (plus ancillary touring brass section) cook up a furiously infectious sound. Songs such as Blue come on like T Rex and Supergrass in a musical street fight; Open Your Heart is reminiscent of an Abbey Road outtake. Time and time again, and even when bassist Steve utters that Dave’s positioning behind the piano for one song is “his Elton John moment… not sure which era though”, Hyde & Beast prove that their slim-but-growing catalogue contains an abundant number of riches.

Whilst they occasionally fall guilty of being a pastiche of their attendant references, on balance, they rise above them and this gig heralded a band well and truly in its ascendency.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Islington Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Islington Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Islington Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Islington Entertainment Stories

Fri, 12:28

Chelsea Clinton and local poet Jan Nobles appear at this year’s Stoke Newington Literary Festival

Mon, 14:48

The Star is hosting a bank holiday street party to celebrate a decade since its launch in Bethnal Green Road.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

BBC presenter Zeb Soanes launches children’s books series inspired by his close-up encounter with an Islington fox

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Cally man Dan Storey gave up art at 15 despite loving it. Now 42, he tells the Gazette about his first exhibition, which is running until June.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Fostering older teenagers means giving them the skills for life as an adult. Here, a supportive lodgings carer with Islington Council and young adult who has left care share their stories

“I try and do my best to enhance the young person’s capabilities. I’m very focused on their education, their wellbeing and their cultural needs.”

Newsletter Sign Up

Islington Gazette twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read entertainment

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now