68-75 follow in the footsteps of many of the bands who have shaped their sound with their first ever UK tour.

The Internet has given artists the tools to control their destiny without the need for influence of a record label. A band who has been making such waves online is Atlanta’s 68-75.

68-75 has generated so much of a buzz in recent times they could no longer ignore their following on the other side of the Atlantic. Thus, they decided to book their first DIY UK tour. 68-75 is a band with ambition and the talent to pull it off.

The band pay a visit to Newcastle Rock and Blues club for their first ever show on Tyneside. After the initial show announcement, strong demand prompted the club had to add a second night. Such a show of support is quite an achievement for an unsigned artist making their UK debut.

Some last-minute personnel changes see the band drafting John Powney on drums and Hal Mahan on bass. Despite having played one show with the new lineup a night prior in Sheffield, the band sounds tight. The rhythm section is a powerful force behind 68-75’s sound, complimenting Suzanne Sledge’s incredible vocals and Andrew Cylar’s vintage sounding guitar riffs. Think of Janis Joplin fronting a Southern Harmony era Black Crowes.

68-75 rock their way through the lion’s share of their latest album, Stay on The Ride, including the likes of “Kicking Down The Stalls,” “Deal With the Devil,” “It’s Only Tuesday,” and “Camel’s Back.” The band also plays several numbers from their debut EP, Sanctified, including “Got A Feelin'” with its heavy groove, “Can’t Come Down,” and “Nothin Last Forever.” The Geordie crowd greet song after song with dancing and cheers.

It’s been two years since the last 68-75 album. Tonight, the band gives us a taste of what is to come from their future release with the likes of new tracks “Our Drunk History” and “24 Lady Karen.” They close their set with “Magnetic Head,” notable for its hypnotic rolling riff. The new material most certainly whets our appetite for what is yet to come from the 68-75 camp. The band leaves the audience wanting more.

With a successful debut in the UK, it is unlikely that this will be last time we see 68-75 on these shores. We look forward to more of what is to come from their very promising future.

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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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