Hangover still apparent after 2 shows with Therapy? and Ricky Warwick. Went about as well as we could have hoped - rocked both shows pretty hard, bands and crew were gents to a man and much beer and fun was had by all concerned.
Thu 15 Oct – Therapy?, Left Side Brain, Ricky Warwick
Bit of an early start to tonight's proceedings due to having a regular club night on later in the evening. No prizes for guessing which crowd had the most fun : )
No surprises then that the first chords of Left Side Brain's set start rattling the rivets at 6:50 although it's a pity that only the more seasoned gig-goers were on hand at that point in time, although the place had filled up nicely by the end of their set. Usual mix of old & new with the likes of Well, Well, Well and Figures blending with Weaponise, anthropic principle and new single colloblast which is as heavy a slab of rock that will get delieverd to your ears this year. These lads are getting better with every show so check them out when they are in your neck of the woods. Hard, driving, soaring, pummelling riffage that knocks the barnacles of the bottom of this venue for sure.
Quick break, then nice Mr Cairns introduces his pal Ricky Warwick and his travelling semi-acoustic guitar show. RW is on sparkling form as usual in his guise as unlikely troubador while The Almighty are on hiatus. A similar set to the recent Love/Hate support slot but with Belfast Confetti and The Church of Paranoia thrown in for good measure. He must have a full touring diary as he seems to be playing everywhere with everyone just now, and juding by the numbers singing along, there are a fair few that have see him before here.
The venue is at near-capacity while Therapy? are being set up and there is a real sense of anticipation in the air which is even giving the smoke machine pause for thought. There is also a sense of 'tilt!' when (ex?) Wildhearts/Ginger tech Hot Steve wanders out to check Cairns gear (...at least it looked like him. Answers in a shoutbox please...) but that passes has the man mountain that is Michael McKeegan looms out of the shadows with a cheery grin, closely followed by Andy Cairns and Neil Cooper and we're away. There's a bit of a time warp moment when they launch into Troublegum-era tracks and having heard Turn and Isolation as the second and third song we know we are going to be in for a good night. I last saw this bunch in Plymouth (Pavillions) in Oct '95 and they never had this much energy even back then. They race through a set packed full of old/new tracks (which notably seems to avoid their late '90s output) and even though Cairns does like to chat with the audience, tonight he made sure the songs were the main event. There is a palpable sense of respect between crowd and band it it goes both ways ensuring the night will not easily be forgotten. Exiles and Clowns Galore get a look in from new album Crooked Timber backed up with old favourites like Teethgrinder, Nausea and the more recent Rain Hits Concrete. However, it's the encore where they really cut loose starting off with Stories and including Screamager, Nowhere and Potato Junkie. Die Laughing was also in there somewhere.
A real pity that they had to wind it up at 10pm as this could have gone on for another 90 mins without any effort.