The Pogues Your Shot: Newcastle Heats

Posted: Thursday 2 February 2017

Following the first round of The Pogues Irish Whiskey Presents: A Shot at Discovery, the regional winners have been announced. Newcastle, get to know your finalists...


Edenthorn is an alt-rock band infused with grunge and influenced by the likes of Nirvana and Pearl Jam. That’s not all there is to them, however. They also take inspiration from bands such as Biffy Clyro, Matchbox 20, Incubus and many more, blending their sound into something distinctly theirs. This Durham four-piece released their debut album, The Maze, in 2015 and have since supported Skarlett Riot, The Raven Age and Fort Hope.

If they sound like your cup of tea, you can listen to Edenthorn via Soundcloud">here.">">Better Days

With only a year under their belt, pop punks Better Days, are already making waves. Since forming in late February last year, this band have already gained a loyal fan base and toured the UK, playing numerous shows. Not to mention how well their debut single was received. Better Days have been described as a "fresh take on pop punk which combines all the elements of the early 2000's era and the upcoming new breed". Then there’s the fact that they’ve also shared the stage with Less Than Jake, Mariachi El Bronx, The Skints and more.

Want to know more about them? Click">">here for their YouTube channel.">">Enversa

Enversa isn’t just your average melodic metal band. This five-piece from Newcastle takes huge riffs, combining them with vocal melodies to take their distinct sound to another level. A sound that is heavy and dark, but uplifting and beautiful at the same time. Their debut EP, Suffer Survive, was released last year.

To listen to Suffer Survive, click">here.">">Digits

Exploding from the scene that gave rise to Biffy Clyro, Hell is For Heroes and Reuben and Hundred Reasons, Digits are authentic outsider-rock with one ear firmly on the melody. The band not only released one but two critically acclaimed EP’s, earning themselves 7/10 from Rock Sound magazine for 2015’s Footprints & Embers. Sadly the band was all but laid to rest in the summer of 2016, but with renewed interest, they have picked up where they left off, ready to return to the scene this year.

For footage of their live performances, head to their YouTube channel">">here.">">Hivemind