The latest single, "Ready or Not", shows Broudie's perfect craftsmanship kicked into touch with a new urgency, and it's evident tonight, when waify tinkerings are dispensed with and tunes get blasted, ironically, with grungey, thrashing nerve. There's a drum break on "Marvellous" during which Chris Sharrock, bathed in a creepy, Damien-esque glow, seems possessed. "Feeling Lazy", that hymn to disaffected mooching, slows down to a spaced, druggy slew, while "Change" happens at twice its normal velocity, guitars chiming like Byrds-y Rickenbackers. By the time we reach "Life of Riley", theme to Match of the Day's "Goals of the Week" slot, the audience is heading invisible balls, while several couples near me go into elaborate clinches. "Pure" is dark, austere and beautiful, the lighting a sub-Goth treat of funereal indigo.
It's all too much for my neighbour at the bar, a cheated fan in his mid- thirties who's decided proceedings are "much too heavy" and Broudie's "a miserable Scouser". Broudie, in glasses and hideous Beatles cut, takes two encores, during one of which Sharrock knocks delight out of his kit and upsets a cymbal stand on "Lucky You". We await the forthcoming album with interest, I think.
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