At The Cluny, Newcastle, U.K., April 1, 2018

THEE HYPNOTICS (Live at The Cluny, Newcastle, U.K., April 1, 2018)
Photo: Mick Burgess

They may come from High Wycombe rather than Detroit but Thee Hypnotics returned to action in only their second performance in 20 years and blasted their way through a scintillating body slam of high octane, Psychedelic fuelled Garage Rock’n’Roll that came straight from the bowels of Americas Motor City.

Lead singer Jim Jones may have forged ahead with his Revue and Righteous Minds bands since they originally split back in the ’90’s but somehow, it feels like he’s back home where he belongs alongside original guitarist Ray Sonic Hanson drummer Phil Staines and Jeremy Cottingham on bass.

Huge chunks of fuzzed out riffs from Hanson powered the likes of Soul Trader and Shakedown.  Close your eyes for a moment and the full throttle of Preachin’ and Ramblin’ could have come straight from MC5 themselves while the gloriously sinister Kissed By The Flames tipped a nod to The Cramps. (Let it) Come Down Heavy grooved and rocked in equal measure as if Jimi Hendrix jammed with Sly Stone.

Jones and Hanson tussled and sparred, being the perfect singer/guitarist combo in the finest tradition of Jagger/Richards, Tyler/Perry and Johansen/Thunders, pulling off all the poses in the Rock ‘n’ Roll book.  Jones cut a dashing figure and delivered his Rock ‘n’ Roll sermon in commanding style, falling to his knees at every opportunity

They just don’t make music like this anymore.  Driven on pure raw Rock ‘n’Roll energy and extended feedback fired jams the Thee Hypnotics were welcomed back as saviours as the perfect antidote to the bland, autotuned sounds that dominate the airwaves today.

Review and Photos By Mick Burgess


  • Mick Burgess

    Mick is a reviewer and photographer here at Metal Express Radio, based in the North-East of England. He first fell in love with music after hearing Jeff Wayne's spectacular The War of the Worlds in the cold winter of 1978. Then in the summer of '79 he discovered a copy of Kiss Alive II amongst his sister’s record collection, which literally blew him away! He then quickly found Van Halen I and Rainbow's Down To Earth, and he was well on the way to being rescued from Top 40 radio hell!   Over the ensuing years, he's enjoyed the Classic Rock music of Rush, Blue Oyster Cult, and Deep Purple; the AOR of Journey and Foreigner; the Pomp of Styx and Kansas; the Progressive Metal of Dream Theater, Queensrÿche, and Symphony X; the Goth Metal of Nightwish, Within Temptation, and Epica, and a whole host of other great bands that are too numerous to mention. When he's not listening to music, he watches Sunderland lose more football (soccer) matches than they win, and occasionally, if he has to, he goes to work as a property lawyer.

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