Teenage Fanclub – Leeds, 4 June 2010

June 5, 2010

Teenage Fanclub last played Leeds in November 2002 and it’s been too long an absence. Tonight, at a sold out Cockpit, they’re on fine form, touring in support of their new album Shadows, from which they play 6 of its 12 tracks. What is amazing to me is that none of these songs suffers in comparision to well established favourites. How many bands can say that after 20 years and nine albums?

The rest of the set is selected from across the whole range of their career. Stand outs were Verisimilitude; The Concept, which got a fabulous elongated ending; Ain’t That Enough;  Sparky’s Dream and, of course, Everything Flows.

The band seem to enjoy themselves as much as the crowd so we can hope it won’t be too long before they’re back in Leeds.

Set List

Start Again; Sometimes I Don’t Need To Believe In Anything; The Past; It’s All In My Mind; Don’t Look Back; Baby Lee; Verisimilitude; Shock And Awe; I Don’t Want Control Of You; About You; Sweet Days Waiting; Your Love Is the Place; The Concept; Ain’t That Enough; Sparky’s Dream.

Encore

Can’t Feel My Soul; I Need Direction; Today Never Ends; Everything Flows.


Po’ Girl – Hebden Bridge, 30 May 2010

June 5, 2010

So one Saturday night I’m sat watching the soccer highlights when my GLW wanders in to the room and tells me she’s just heard a track on The Bob Harris Show by a group called Po’ Girls, that they sound similar to Be Good Tanyas and are playing The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge in a couple of weeks. Ten minutes later we have tickets!

We arrive at the club to discover that there is some kind of street festival going on outside so the show will be starting a little later than expected. Originally formed in Canada, Po’Girl are currently a four piece comprising Allison Russell, Awna Teixeira, Benny Sidelinger, and Mikey “Lightning” August, all multi instrumentalist and singers. Tonight they play two sets which include tracks from their new album, Follow Your Bliss, older material and covers. This isn’t straightforward Americana but includes elements of soulfulness, jazz and blues. They’re joined on stage for most of the evening by friend J.T. Nero, of Chicago band J.T. and the Clouds, who adds guitar and vocals and some songs of his own.

I have to say I never thought I’d be so keen on a group that featured a clarinet! Well worth seeing and I’ll be watching out for their return.


Crowded House – Manchester, 26 May 2010

June 3, 2010

There are many great pop bands in the world but none are better than Crowded House.

They prove that tonight by treating us to classics like  Fall At your Feet and Pineapple Head, as well as newer material from Time On Earth and their next CD Intriguer. Throughout the show there is plenty of banter with the crowd and a guest appearance, via Skype, from Neil’s dad. It’s Neil’s birthday the following day (“It’s already my birthday in New Zealand”) so the audience decide to sing Happy Birthday.

Then there is the encore – they start with Four Seasons In One Day and, half way through, out wanders Johnny Marr to play harmonica. Then he plugs in his guitar and we are treated to a CH version of Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want. Sonny Marr then joins the fray to sing Even A Child from the album Time On Earth. This is followed by another Smiths classic, There Is A Light That Never Goes Out. The show closes with the Crowdies playing Don’t Dream It’s Over.

With a world-class songwriter and vocalist in Neil Finn, an excellent multi-instrumentalist in Mark Hart and fine support from Nick Seymour and Matt Sherrod it’s no wonder we get another great night with a great band.

Set List:

Everything is Good For You; Saturday Sun; Fall At Your Feet; Whispers and Moans; Isolation; Either Side of the World; Private Universe; Italian Plastic; She Goes On; Pineapple Head; Heaven That I’m Making; Archer’s Arrows; Weather With You; Brothers and Sisters; Better Be Home Soon; Inside Out; Don’t Stop Now; Distant Sun; It’s Only Natural.

Encore:
Four Seasons in One Day (with Johnny Marr); Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want (with Johnny Marr); Even a Child (with Johnny & Sonny Marr); There Is a Light That Never Goes Out (with Johnny Marr); Don’t Dream It’s Over.