The fourth show of the 2010 European tour brings the band to The Globe. The intimate Cardiff venue, with its ground floor bar, standing
room in front of the stage, stairway and balcony, is getting a tad warm as support act Jay Tamkin and his band bring their short, half hour set to a close.
Itís wonderful to see Robin, Davey, Pete and Glenn
back on home soil and the band waste no time in getting stuck into, what proves to be, a very exciting, uptempo set list. We are treated to four excellent cuts from the soon-to-be released new album (due for release
in the US in December).
The third song in is Somebody Calling. Hallelujah! Gone is the swirling spaceship sound (EHX Electric Mistress analog flanger) found on
Robinís recorded version but the groove is nonetheless deep, dark and funky. Heaven! Glenn trips the light fantastic during the chorus section with some deft lines running over the top of Robinís gorgeous chord
quartet (Em7-Bm7-F#m7-C#m7). Double heaven!!
From the first two instrumental verses we move to the heart of the number. Robin complements the songís signature riff by throwing in a deep, dark Em9 as Daveyís
emotional vocal kicks in. The outro is a luscious, sumptuous improvisation, aided and abetted by the crisp counterpoint played out by Pete and Glenn. Heaven sent!!!
The 190-strong crowd begins to feel the heat. On stage, steam is rising! Maybe I Could Be Your Friend is one of four brand new tunes showcased tonight. The new material is bold, brash and bluesy and we absolutely love it!
Tonightís Globe set is strong by any standards and the home strait packs a powerful punch from Day of the Eagle through to Little Bit of Sympathy.
But boy is it getting hot? In the intense heat, everyone is starting to feel a little uncomfortable as the room temperature rises from light sizzle to roast.
Steven M tells me the nightís audience is one of
the most vocal he has ever heard in Cardiff! Show one comes to a close and everyone heads for the door and the cool night air of Albany Road. My taxi awaits. Time to get my head down before a trek to the Black
Country via Devon..