Photograph by Crissy Croooder
Punk-tinged indie-rock trio Swine Tax take centre stage at Tyne Bar for an early 2019, free-entry gig. Kicking off the new year with their best foot forward, the Newcastle band headline the Ouseburn Valley venue on Sunday 6th January with support from KIEFF and White Legs.
Headliners Swine Tax released Tory Water on the back-end of 2018. With promo shots at North Shields’ Fish Quay, I was hooked before hearing the track. As the single title suggests, the band aren’t shy of expressing political perspectives. With all that’s going on in UK politics, we’re sure they’ll have a lot to say in the new music they’ve promised this year. They most recently released Conversation.
KIEFF traverse the North Sea, coming from Holland to support Swine Tax. Said to sound similar to XTC, their psych/math-rock vibes are promised to perfectly warm the palettes for the headliners.
Opening up the night, White Legs have slightly less distance to travel. They might have to cross the Wear and Tyne rivers, but the Sunderland-based band shouldn’t be held hostage by a stray drone or anything. Their sound merges post-punk with art-rock and are recommended as ‘essential listening’ and ‘one of the brightest new bands in the North.’