Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Band Has Clear Run at Year of Success

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Band Has Clear Run at Year of Success

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Byline: By Andrew Fenwick

Andrew Fenwick took the high road to Glasgow to see North East band Clearway perform at the city's 13th Note Cafe, along with Scotland's Soultrader

With a firm following already established in the North East, one of the region's most promising bands decided to hit the road in order to spread the word nationally.

"We know we still have a long way to go, but we're determined to make this a defining year for us" says guitarist John Cardill, of Cullercoats-based indie five-piece Clearway.

"We got a really good reception playing the Richmond Live festival last year, so we decided the best thing to do would be to perform outside the region as often as possible".

The band have already lined up gigs in Liverpool, Manchester and London over the coming months, with Glasgow being their first port of call on their national itinerary.

Unnerved by the prospect of performing away from home, or perhaps just masking it through their definite style and swagger, Clearway opened their set with Keep It Easy, a rousing rock number led by Richard Sabiston's fiery descending basslines.

Devil Woman, a new recording from the band's recently released 6 track EP came next, pitching their sound somewhere between the lucid musings of early Verve and the loud and proud rock mentality of the Sex Pistols.

From the outset, Clearway were on top form, with the small but appreciative audience gathering round the stage for a piece of the action. After racing through a series of well-received classic rock numbers including the lively That's All and the Joy Division-esque Fill In The Blanks, the band toned down proceedings with Lost Inside, a seminal ballad aptly demonstrating front man Jon Corbett's powerful vocal ability.

Adapting to their surroundings with every song, Clearway looked continually comfortable playing away from home, proving without a doubt that they're more than capable of bringing their onslaught of quality Geordie rock to a wider audience. …

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