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Review: Turbowolf at O2 Academy 2, Newcastle

Russell Hughes went along to the O2 Academy to catch UK rockers Turbowolf on their current tour

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Turbowolf lead singer Chris Georgiadis seems crazy, but if the definition of insanity is doing the same thing while expecting a different result, Georgiadis is anything but – because the results of his actions are always in his favour.

The moustachioed frontman is the living embodiment of being weird and wonderful, and he pulls it off with stunning effect.

He barely let a minute go by without engaging in the crowd or going off on a rambling monologue that entertains and enthrals at the same time.

At one point he had the audience shout ‘the number eight is king’ in order to “save his soul”, while in Seven Severed Heads he took stage diving to a new level by climbing above the crowd onto a gantry and launching himself into their arms.

He even got one lucky fan up on stage to take over synth duties for a short time.

Turbowolf have their own brand of rock and roll. They don’t care for the categorisation of the music press and indeed do belong in a category of their own.

The O2 Academy 2 might have been under-capacity, but if they carry on putting on performances like that it won’t be long before they get the success they so deserve.

The rockers from Bristol are a band made to be played live, and songs like Let’s Die and Ancient Snake were greeted with mosh pits from the crowd and delight when Georgiadis launched himself into one to join in the fun.

The show alternated between songs from their self-titled debut, Turbowolf, and their latest LP, the excellent Two Hands, as they covered all the crowd favourites.

It took four years for the band to make their new album because they wanted to get it just right, and for all their decoration and calculated thinking outside the box, this is still a highly professional band who clearly take great pride in their work and want to give it the best in live performance.

It was the type of gig whose resulting ‘word of mouth’ publicity deserves to launch a band onto bigger and better things.

Russell Hughes

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