A few months before the dreaded virus blew the whole live scene into touch, Adam Kennedy headed out to see Sumo Cyco at his local venue in Newcastle…
De La Soul once said that ‘three is the magic number’, whilst others prescribe to the idea that it’s third time lucky. For Sumo Cyco the numerical significance for the band is that they are currently working on their third album, and all signs so far are pointing to their strongest release to date.
Carrying on with this theme, tonight is the 3rd of December, which also happens to mark a year to the date since the band’s last appearance in Newcastle alongside CKY and also four years to the date since their debut in the city whilst on tour with Fozzy. Spooky coincidence?
The Canadian outfit arrives in the North East hot off the back of a recent tour with Ukrainian speed metallers Jinjer. And with this now their fifth show in the region it’s fair to say that the band has amassed someone of a following here. Tonight a packed crowd awaits their return at Think Tank in Newcastle.
On this run, the band are keen to road-test their freshest cuts from Cyco City. Starting with their thunderous single Love You Wrong. Whilst the likes of the electronically charged This Dance Is Doomed highlights just how far the band has pushed their creative boundaries with their forthcoming release.
There is one thing that Sumo Cyco are not short of – high octane, dance hall infused anthems. And energetic renditions of Fighter, along with the frantic Go Go Go and Free Yourself are a testament to this. Skye even takes the opportunity to make an impromptu trip through the crowd to get a shot from the bar mid-song, much to the surprise of the fans.
But this is not Sweetnam’s only venture into the middle of the room this evening. Tonight, crowd participation is the name of the game and during Rivalry and the lead vocalist can be found orchestrating a circle pit, whilst also spitting a few bars with opening act Suburban.
Passengers only ups the ante even further and is executed at breakneck speed. Whilst the bass-heavy new single Run with the Giants follows the band’s tried and tested dance hall formula and is certainly a highlight later in the set.
As we head into the final strides of the show the band unleash the big guns with Anti Anthem and Move Mountains being the cherry on the top of tonight’s energetic outing. Following a momentary encore break there is nothing left for the quartet to say but Sleep Tight, in their own unique way.
This show not only illustrates the four piece’s growth but also their musical evolution and ambition. Album number three looks set to be a banger. Tonight Sumo Cyco remains ‘Undefeated’ on Tyneside.
Words and Photos by Adam Kennedy