At The Think Tank, Newcastle, U.K., March 19, 2019

ELECTRIC BOYS (Live at The Think Tank, Newcastle, U.K., March 19, 2019)
Photo: Mick Burgess

Opening for Sweden’s Funk Rockers the Electric Boys, shows just how far Durham’s very own Edenthorn have come in the last year or so. That their star is very much in the ascendance is down to their ability to craft some seriously classy songs and perform them in such an impressive way. Power and especially “Hearts Still Beating” from their latest release, Exist, show a genuine grasp of melody and melodrama delivered by the rich tones of Kyle Tague that mark Edenthorn down as ones to watch.

Their last show in Newcastle saw the Electric Boys looking back, celebrating the 25th anniversary of their second album, the wonderfully and very aptly titled Groovus Maximus but this year they had their sights set firmly on the future.

With a decent chunk of the set taken up with songs from their latest album, The Ghost Ward Diaries, it’s clear that the Electric Boys are on something of a creative roll. Hangover in Hannover is the perfect opener, big, bold and brassy whereas the more reflective “Gone, Gone, Gone,” a song to a lost friend, shows there’s more to them than Funky swagger.

Of course, the Funk element drills deep into their soul and “Groovus Maximus,” “Electrified,” “Knee Deep In You” and “Rags To Riches” rocked hard and grooved deep. “Angel In An Armoured Suit” featured a glorious, sleazy Aerosmith-esq riff while “Mary In The Mystery World” brought a cool shot of Psychedelia to the show perfectly matching singer, Conny Bloom’s, flamboyant image.

“You Spark My Heart”‘s soaring chorus was as uplifting as its name suggests but it was left to Rock club floor filler “All Lips ‘n’ Hips” to seal another sizzling, high voltage night.

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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