Audience Embrace Heroes

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Byline: By Rachal Brannan

Embrace,

Newcastle City Hall.

The 2004 comeback kids, Embrace, kicked off the New Year with a new single, and re-release of multi million selling Out of Nowhere, plus entering the studio to work on their new album.

Nine days and 23 songs later they were out and eager to test their material.

Playing their greats and many from the highly anticipated, forthcoming album, the whole show demonstrated a band who knows what they're doing and how to do it well.

A repertoire full of classic guitar riffs which build to a climax before going all quiet, allowing lead Danny McNamara to be every bit the fully fledged rock star, not always note perfect but vocally arresting none the less.

Hit after hit, showstopper after showstopper, Embrace clinched the crowd, and their approval from the first chords of opener, Ashes, taken from Out Of Nowhere, to the closing bars of the finale.

With tracks such as the messy One Big Family, an awkwardly affecting My Weakness Is None Of Your Business, a rousing All You Good Good People, nimbly mixed with material written merely hours before, billed in between, keeping every seat in the house empty, and every flailing arm visible. …