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Billy Nomates

October 7 @ 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm


There is currently no shortage of post-punk acts with a line in confrontational Sprechgesang. But there are few more direct than Billy Nomates AKA Tor Maries, whose debut single was called, simply, ‘No’. That word, she says, is ‘your greatest resistance’ – a point the excellently mulleted musician proves by sticking to monotone delivery, refusing to be cowed or angered by ‘protein shakes and mirrors’ and the expectation to shave her body hair, (‘I’m not 12’).

Maries recorded her debut album with Portishead’s Geoff Barrow in Bristol, and funnels the city’s thrumming dread into her bristling no-wave sound. Although acclaim and 6 Music support has come easily, this moment has been a while coming: Maries learned fiddle growing up in Leicester, and throughout her early 20s was in bands that never seemed to go anywhere. Following a period of depression, it was a Sleaford Mods gig that reignited her desire to make music, so she set up at home in Bournemouth with her laptop and started writing.

Her voice is deadpan yet biting, with an acute lens on British class structure and the lie of boot-strapping propaganda. Now she’s found her lane, she’s unstoppable.


October 7
7:30 pm - 11:00 pm


The Cluny
36 Lime Street, Ouseburn
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE1 2PQ United Kingdom
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0191 230 4474
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