May 29 Guildford Boileroom May 30 Sheffield Leadmill May 31 Liverpool East Village Arts Club June 1 Nottingham The Bodega June 3 Birmingham Hare & Hounds June 4 Manchester The Deaf Institute June 5 Glasgow King Tuts June 7 Leeds Brudenell Social Club June 8 Bristol Thekla June 9 Portsmouth Wedgwood Rooms June 10 London Scala
Warm up date announced for the Jericho in Oxford the evening before the Hackney show. So relieved! The Hackney show is difficult for me to get over for from Bristol on a weeknight and I'm in the USA for exactly the two weeks of the summer tour.
Dammit I only just picked this up! (I work a lot of hours in a week just now). Hard finding an email for the venue so have tried with a tweet to see if it's sold out or not... If I'm incredibly lucky I'll be there...
I was at the gig in Oxford last night.....the band sounded so so good. I've seen them probably once a year since 2006 and it was perhaps the best I've heard them. The set list was mostly a split between the 1st album and new songs. The new songs sound seriously good! I wouldn't shy away from saying if they didn't either. They sounded great! I took a bunch of photos and a few short videos that I'll upload somewhere and share on here this evening. Have fun those of you off to Hackney tonight!
I was at Oslo as well last night. Brilliant mix of old and new with only one song each from Radio Wars and The Loudest Engine (Cities, The Wilderness). Lovely to hear oldies I never thought I would again (Broken Bones, Velvet Gir) and the new songs are great. There was one in particular near the end (between Slowburn and Low Happening iirc) that was astonishing. Really looking forward to this record
I had the privalage / good fortune on Sunday to attend their astonishing performance in Oxford's Jericho Tavern (sorry I missed saying hi to James - I don't know you by face!) on the maddest impulse. This date I had either completely forgotten about or had dismissed as sold out, before late Saturday night reading about there being some tickets on the door. I tweeted to check this was the case and set off on my merry way the next day. Despite turning up as late as 15 minutes before doors I still didn't loose out!!! (This was a Godsend. I do not recommend that anyone ought ever drive that far, that late in the day and not be braced to loose out big style, not least at a 100 capacity venue with a total of only 25 tickets to go on the door!!) On topic, and echoing the words from recent posts to this thread, they are sounding better than ever. Honestly that show will be one of my greatest memories for many years to come / ever. Their performance is just something beyond belief. The new songs indeed sounding great and showing some really daring creativity, wonderfully interwoven against the old favourites which sounded stronger than I've ever known them to. Their musicianship is notably far improved, Gary is a great bassist and his backing vocals add more to the layers and harmonies than I recall Bren's did (sorry...). I can't recall a moment when Juanita dismounted the guitar/s which she plays with some real meaning these days, and this alongside the bass gives an excellent backdrop for Joel to exercise more freedom than ever with his guitarwork. I found it really noticable how very well Glenn's parts are written; tightly tuned in to the mood and elements of each song. Juanita sounding as good as ever on vocals which whilst poinient do not overrule the wholeness of sound which the band create... Another commendable thing is they way the setlist fits together and flows - everything felt like it was in the right place, almost as if they wrote some of this album bearing that in mind? In the end, I think it's great that not for one moment, even at 1.30am when I would have killed to be less 'crossing Tinsley Viaduct' and more 'in bed' in preparation for a week's work, did I feel like it wasn't exactly the right thing to be doing with my time just this once.. I guess every so often it pays to do something comparitaviley wild, take a chance, do something you'd never consider possible be it by way of logic or good fortune.. And it totally makes up for my not having been able to hit the Oslo gig on Monday! Also congratulations to Oxford, who the very same day won The Boat Race.
Ha I guess I try to restrain myself... An emotional gig for me though; seeing them perform so well made me real proud to be a fan.. As re Crossing Tinsley Viaduct, I may well use that one in my ongoing efforts, I've driven beneath once or twice & must say it's an ace piece of engineering and one that's been a highlight of journeys South all my life. Driving on the hard shoulder / edge of the top deck was cool. (I have distant memories of it maybe running 3 lanes back when there were less vehicles per given length loading it..?) certainly not something one could usually do were it not for the roadworks at the moment...