REVIEW - Mog & The Water Tribe - Sound it Out, Stockton

The North's premier prog rock band, Mog & The Water Tribe, made a splash launching their new album with a special instore live show at one of the UK's most renowned record shops.

Tuesday, 1st March 2016, 4:10 pm
Updated Tuesday, 1st March 2016, 5:16 pm
Phil Swinburne fronting Mog & The Water Tribe at Sound it Out in Stockton

The Hartlepool band celebrated the release their new album, Astronaut Ghost, with a special live performance at Sound It Out records in Stockton-On-Tees, which gained national recognition after featuring in a documentary film about the shop.

Astronaut Ghost is a excellent example of contemporary, progressive rock, which has been under going somewhat of a renaissance on the British music scene of late.

And the four-piece group treated the packed record store to a stripped down, acoustic-based performance to the best songs from the album.

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Kicking off with the title track, singer Phil Swinburne was in fine voice, ably abetted by the harmonies of guitarist Lewis Richardson and backing vocalist Clair Jewson.

Voices mean a lot to this band, they even have a song called The Voice, which features the pleading refrain “Where is the light that shines over me”.

The anti-war sentiments of Water Tribe are echoed on Emotional Refugee and a final, closing Not in My Name, much to the delight of a thrilled Teesside audience.

Mog & The Water Tribe are certainly different from most bands in the region at the moment and deserve recognition. Check them out at

- Ian Monaghan