Having become regular visitors to Tyneside in recent time’s hard-rocking Canadian quartet Sumo Cyco makes a welcome return to Think Tank in Newcastle.

Over the course of the last couple of years, Sumo Cyco has been relentlessly touring the UK whilst on the road with the likes of Fozzy, The Butcher Babies, Alien Ant Farm and Devilskin. Tonight’s return date in Newcastle sees the band making their first appearance here as outright headliners.

British four-piece Skarlett Riot kick off the proceedings whilst making their first appearance in Newcastle in approximately three years. Since those days the group’s sound has matured somewhat with their now much harder hitting and heavier edge. This evolution can be seen in Skarlett Riot’s last two releases The Sentience EP and their new album Regenerate. Subsequently, the band’s seven-song set centres on their last two releases. With the inclusion of emphatic singles like “Break” and “Warrior” the band certainly makes an impact in the short time allotted to them.

Sumo Cyco has performed in this very room on three occasions in recent times and subsequently have built up a large following in the region as a result. The band’s fans are out in force at Think Tank in Newcastle this evening and give them a warm welcome as the group explodes onto the stage like a vortex of energy.

Hamilton, Ontario’s finest kick off the show with “Sleep Tight” and “Anti-Anthem” from their latest offering Opus Mar, which in turn sets the tone for the night ahead. During the course of the show, the band perform roughly half of their incredible sophomore album. Both the incredibly infectious “Free Yourself” and the frantic dancehall-tinged Skindred collaboration “Move Mountains” being stand out moments in the set.

Of course, there is plenty of room for old favourites from the band’s debut album Lost In Cyco City. Anthems like “Fighter”, “Go Go Go” and “My Name Is Rock N’ Roll” certainly whip the circle pit in the centre of the room into a frenzy.

Lead vocalist Skye Sweetnam is real dynamo who constantly prowls the edge of the stage whilst simultaneous orchestrating the madness. On more than one occasion Skye ventures into the heart of the crowd to get in on the action and even at one point climbs up on the bar at the back of the room whilst knocking back a shot of whisky. At no point in Sumo Cyco’s lively fifteen song does their energy subside.

Sumo Cyco recently released new single “Undefeated” from their forthcoming and yet currently untitled EP. The track certainly sits on the heavier side of the band’s repertoire and is the perfect conclusion to Sumo Cyco’s explosive performance on Tyneside.

With each and every visit to the UK, you can see Sumo Cyco’s momentum building. This Canadian outfit are an unstoppable force who continue to go from strength to strength.

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Event Date: 19-Mar-2018

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Adam Kennedy is an experienced music photographer based in northeast England. He has been shooting concerts for several years, predominantly with the band Vintage Trouble. In 2013, he was one of their tour photographers, covering the UK and Ireland tour including the headline shows and as opening act for The Who. As an accomplished concert photographer, Adam's work has been featured in print such as, Classic Rock Blues Magazine, Guitarist Magazine, Blues in Britain magazine, broadcast on the MDA Telethon on ABC Television in the US, used in billboard advertising for Renaissance Hotels in the US, and featured online via music blogs such as Uber Rock and Guitar Planet. He is also the official photographer at Newcastle Rock and Blues Club.

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