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Live Review: The Cavalcade EP Launch; Great Northern, Newcastle

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Back from a stint of shows with the popular Australian band, British India, The Cavalcade returned to The Great Northern Hotel in Newcastle on Wednesday for their ‘Little Games Tour’. The night kicked off with two local supports, ‘Monrobot’ and ‘Geography Of Mars’ who both helped draw an early crowd for what was set to be an entertaining night of alternative rock and indie ballads.

Sydney band, Far Away Stables, who recently increased their popularity through supporting Paramore and The Offspring on their latest Sydney shows, were up next and played a collection of songs from their debut EP, ‘Behind The Bookcase’. They owned the small stage as if they were playing in a much larger venue and filled the space with great enthusiasm, belting out some catchy, alternative rock tunes, with a poppy edge. They also managed to play a surprisingly successful cover of Benny Benassi’s ‘Cinema’, which helped get their audience up and moving. Overall, this is a band I enjoyed seeing more then I was intending to.

After a few technical difficulties, The Cavalcade came to stage probably a little later then planned, which I think caused the crowd to slightly decrease in number, yet those that were left were obvious fans and friends, assembling together to hear the band they especially came to see. This is one group that has definite potential in gaining even more success and popularity in the future. Obvious thought and practice has gone into their lyrics and overall performance, as their unique and diverse sound is refreshing to hear from a Newcastle band, a town that seems to be filled with mainly hardcore/metal bands these days. Front man, Patrick Truscott, carried his voice extremely well and the band blended together with a great sense of professionalism, beginning and ending their set with songs from their new self-titled EP, ‘Sleepwalker In Disguise’ and my personal favourite, ‘Little Games.’  The set flowed really well between songs, each a well-rounded rock melody, with an alternative indie feel that got the crowd singing along to all familiar lyrics.

As the Cavalcade continue to finish up their current tour, nothing but more hype will be generated for them and I suspect that 2013 will be their biggest year yet. The boys are next set to support The Getaway Plan when they play at The Hunter Valley Brewery on April 26th.097no name

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