Lead singer and songwriter Christopher Kear has been pursuing musical projects for many years and this was an exciting chance to see the latest band ‘The New Tabloids’ showcase their debut album in full at the refurbished Hope and Ruin. A much more open and spacious venue than before, this provided a great setting for the show. Broadly describing themselves as electro pop it is the jangling guitars and solid drumming that enhance their sound, complimenting Christopher’s heartfelt lyrics and new romantic feel. Electronic beats are accented by bright keys and the live band adds a depth which creates a much more complete and engaging performance compared to the all too common laptop only shows. However the large disco ball bathed in golden light (see photos) to the right of the stage may have had something to do with it as well.
The New Tabloids, The Hope and Ruin, Thursday 2nd April.
Words and Photos by Mike Tudor