Tindersticks hoping to be on song in North East this time round

Tindersticks are returning to the Sage Gateshead in May.
Tindersticks are returning to the Sage Gateshead in May.

Alternative rock act Tindersticks’ last show at the Sage Gateshead offered sound and vision but no words, due to laryngitis leaving frontman Stuart Staples unable to sing.

The Nottinghamshire band return to the riverside venue on Wednesday, May 4, for their second show and, as was the case the last time round, in 2011, they’ll be providing musical accompaniment for a film show.

Five years ago, their set was made up of tunes from the band’s soundtracks for six movies by the French film director Claire Denis performed in front of a big screen showing the excerpts in question in a throwback to the days when orchestras used to play in pits in front of stages to provide musical accompaniment for silent movies were screened.

Next up, they’ll be playing along to short films made to go with the 11 tracks making up their latest album, The Waiting Room, and included on a DVD accompanying the deluxe version of the LP.

The album, their 10th proper one and their first since 2012’s The Something Rain, was a No 71 hit upon its release in January.

The videos for the album, premiered at France’s Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival earlier this month, were created by an international cast of directors including Christoph Girardet, Pierre Vinour, Gabriel Sanna, Rosie Pedlow, Joe King, Gregorio Graziosi, Richard Dumas and Denis again.

Only three of the tracks on the new album are instrumentals, so Staples, 50, will, all being well, even get the chance to fulfil the promise he made at his last visit to the Sage to return at a later date and sing too much rather than not at all.

The Waiting Room was the 12th Tindersticks album to make the top 100, their most successful being their self-titled second LP, a No 13 hit in 1995.

The band, formed in 1992, have also racked up seven top 75 singles, the highest-charting being Bathtime, a No 38 in 1997, and their next best-selling being Travelling Light, a No 51 in 1995.

Though they’ve only visited Gateshead once before, the act aren’t total strangers to the North East, having played at Newcastle’s old Riverside club previously, in 1994 and 1995.

Tickets for the five-piece act’s May 4 show cost £21.50 or £24.50. For details, go to www.sagegateshead.com or www.tindersticks.co.uk/tomorrows