Twist Helix LP Launch Triumph
By Robert Nichols
Wednesday 17 Oct 2018 12:45:00
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They came down the A19 from the Tyne and conquered Stockton-on-Tees; Twist Helix album launch was a triumph. In the intimate setting of the Green Room, the electro alt-pop three piece plugged in, played and quite simply blew everyone away.

It is an electro pop that draws its roots from back in the 1980s but the dynamism and forward thinking message pins Twist Helix firmly and squarely to the 21st century. It is music with a big heart, as well as big sound. Uplifting, it makes you want to punch for the heavens.

From the start of this gig we hear a narrator's voice regaling us about Ouseburn, the former industrial area revitalised as an artists crucible on Tyneside. Ouseburn spawned this creative trio but now gentrification is threatening from all sides and slamming the door on the former Byker community as well as possibly strangling the creative juices. A sadly all too familiar story.

Twist Helix carry the apocalyptic warning in this album and deliver it with a punch. But also with a sound that is intense, anthemic and so, so engaging.

The mainly young audience are soon clapping, dancing and grooving to the sound. Big, big songs like the anarchic energy-excess of Graphite and the turbo-terrific title track Ouseburn lift everyone off their feet and have us floating on air. Everywhere there are towering keyboards and euphoria on stand out tracks like the wondrous Little Buildings and The Artists.

Singer/keyboard player Bea Garcia's enthusiasm and unbridled passion for her craft are infectious. She can't contain herself laughing as a lion's roar from the crowd greets every track finale. She apologises for her poor spoken English but showers us with lyrics that enchant and even mesmerise.

A song titled, Ove Arup is explained as the Danish born engineer that built the Byker fly over. The bridge that frames the whole of Ouseburn, the creative quarter that Twist Helix have now 'connected' to the wider world.

'Silence,' cries out Bea as she bemoans the closure of venues in Ouseburn and around the country, silencing bands and capping energy. Energy is something Twist Helix simply ooze with. The drums are bombastic, rippling shockwaves through the audience. The bass player charges around, instrument in the air, mouthing every word with such vigour you can almost hear even without a microphone.

Bea's fingers sprint and spring across the synth, hair tossed around as she throws herself into the song, a voice ten times as big as her frame, wells up and fills the room. We are enraptured.

The set ends all too soon. We have no more songs, explains Bea. But the crowd will not let them slip away so easy and demand their return for a pulsating encore. They are playing for the many bands and all those that support the local scene. Playing a blinder for those that are the lifeblood and glue binding every community in every outpost.

You need to buy this album and you have to see this band. They are important and they are very, very exciting. I feel privileged to have been part of such an uplifting album launch. A special night.


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