2 Jun 2010
How can I leave this behind? 
Freebass made their London live debut last night at a sold out (yet oddly quite roomy) 100 Club in that London.
An eclectic intro tape featuring Popcorn (by Hot Butter) and Mouldy Old Dough (by Lieutenant Pigeon – ha ha!) set the night up nicely.

Freebass took the stage just after nine to a rapturous welcome. Hooky positioned himself stage left in front of the big 100, Gary Briggs centre stage, Mani rear right (hidden by the huge pillar) and sadly there was no Andy Rourke. Hooky made a Viking-related quip and we were off.

The Freebass live sound is a hairy beast, featuring unsurprisingly a mixture of classic New Order / Stone Roses with a bit of early Foo Fighters thrown in for good measures. The only thing missing, perhaps inevitably due to Rourke's absence, was a Smiths tinge.

When Briggs delayed at the beginning of one song, Hooky quipped "Fookin' ell get yerself sorted out! You're in a proper band now!". And so he is.

After a set lasting approximately one hour they were off, returning for one encore of She Said and then they were gone.

Setlist

Plan B
Not Too Late
The Only Ones
Lady Violence
Kill Switch Pt 141
World Won't Wait
Secrets And Lies
Sister Surrender
The God Machine
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She Said

The Freebass tour continues tonight at The Factory in Manchester.

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4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

But were they any good?!

02/06/2010, 18:54

 
Anonymous cerysmatic said...

Yes

02/06/2010, 20:35

 
Anonymous Kelvin said...

MCR gig was great.

03/06/2010, 23:31

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

'Popcorn' was by 'Hot Butter'. First records bought by myself. Has it's own website, as does it's composer Gershon Kingsley.

04/06/2010, 13:21

 

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In the grey days of late 1970s post-punk Manchester, youth culture was a serious affair: every musical performance was measured mostly by the conviction of its delivery. The term 'New Wave' opened up free vistas where acquired skills could once again be exercised after punk's monochrome blur. It could be applied to anything from a James 'Blood' Ulmer record to the latest Throbbing Gristle release, Magazine to Swell Maps. Move outside that terrain into Sun Ra, Parliament, Frank Sinatra and Martin Denny, and your options were suddenly without limit...

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