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Club Paradise’s ‘Sugar’ single launch at Think Tank

New found Peanut Mixtape favourites, Club Paradise, played a special show in Newcastle last night for the launch of their newest single ‘Sugar’. The track is just as sickly sweet as it sounds, layered with incredible vocals and groovy synths. There’s real Don Broco during the Automatic  era vibe to the single.

The event, once again co-ordinated by Rhyme, had an incredible lineup showcasing local talent. Openers, Among Echoes, delivered a short but sweet set of guitar driven indie. For a band that are still in their beginnings, especially live beginnings, they have a great stage presence.

Next up were local favourites Deep.Sleep. This was my first time seeing them and they didn’t disappoint. Despite the fact they’re only in their early twenties, there’s a wisdom to the band’s lyrics. From older singles like ‘1994’ to newer ones like ‘Orange English Sun’ to future ones for 2019, the crowd were on their side the whole time.

The main act, Club Paradise, came on stage to a crowd that was noticeably larger than an hour previous. Everyone was out for the main attraction, and for a dance. The four piece played a set that follows their formula for quirky guitar riffs, big synths and lyrics for singing along to.

With the way the band grin from ear to ear between tracks it’s clear how proud they are of their music and of the crowd they’ve brought in tonight. The highlight of the night is a cover of Fountains of Wayne’s ‘Stacey’s Mom’ which has every member of the crowd jumping round like they’re 14 and hearing it for the first time.

Club Paradise walk off stage after performing ‘Sugar’ only to be beckoned back to stage by an encore. Frontman Ryan Young sheepishly admits the band hadn’t anticipated an encore so they play an old song but it goes down an absolute treat.

Thursday nights are notoriously boring, waiting for Friday to finally come but with bands like Amongst Echoes, Deep.Sleep and Club Paradise it feels like the weekend has come early.

Listen to Among Echoes here, Deep.Sleep here and Club Paradise here.

Featured Image: Bethan McConnell

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