The Sonic Hearts
@ The Cluny, Newcastle upon Tyne

The Sonic Hearts are an up and coming five piece band hailing from Liverpool and although something of The Zutons can be heard in a couple of their tracks, they do have a pretty unique sound, especially with the quality of Shaun Francis- Butler’s vocals and Kirsty Donaldson’s flute playing featured in the tracks Cut your hair and Honey.

They came on stage full of smiles and warmth for the fairly decent sized audience (for a support) and played an impressive eight track set, filled with pop/Indie tunes and a couple of slower numbers. Hold On – their newly released single is a particularly catchy pop tune, one that if you knew the words, you may never stop singing. They seem to have a wide range of influences, including Bob Dylan, Neil young, Ryan Adams, a bit of folk and also new stuff like Arcade Fire; which is probably why you can’t pin point any particular act they sound like.

The Sonic Hearts were playing bottom of the bill tonight but in my opinion were the best band there, Air Traffic didn’t quite seem to hold the audience in the way that these guys did and I think a lot of that was down to their carefree attitude that they brought onto stage with them, perfect for a small and friendly venue like The Cluny.

All in all a good night seemed to be had by all, including the band themselves. I would definitely recommend The Sonic Hearts for a feel good night out. Catch them if they ever pass your way.

Ailsa McGibbon