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Tom And The Pennyblacks

By | Published on Wednesday 12 August 2015

Tom and the PennyBlacks

In the competitive world of music, it can be an arduous process to get gigs outside of the city that an artist originates in. With Tom And The Pennyblacks, a young indie blues outfit from London, it’s mind-boggling that they have managed to make the trip up north. Their gratingly unharmonious collaboration is only worsened by ringleader Thomas Soares’ awkward Lou Reed-esque stagecraft. Aside from the bassist Hayden Day’s frequent playfulness, the rest of the band appear exceedingly uncomfortable – immersed in their own instruments as if they are unrehearsed. Somewhere in this 45 minute show, there was a question destined to be answered: is this serious or not? Less a project with potential, more a discordant high school performance.

C, until 31 Aug.
tw rating 1/5 | [Kieran Scott]