The Charlotte, Leicester, Thu 13th November 2008 (16/11/08)

Roger Green:

This certainly took you back to the kind of venue the band used to play in the 90s - in terms of size, it reminded me of the much-missed Duchess in Leeds. Apparently they played here about 10 years back, so it all fits. Good job it wasnt the middle of summer though - it was warm enough just standing watching, and it looked like a right sweatbox on stage. First up was the excellent MJ Hibbitt And The Validators. There were a couple of songs from their grand "We Validate" album, and it was good to hear that have a new one out "soon".

Apparently after the Norwich gig the night before, Carl had had to rush back home to put in a shift, and then was straight back down the motorway to do this show. A true professional. Not sure whether this led to things running slightly late, and there seemed to be less chat than usual. But another splendid set was forthcoming.

Fuckin' 'Ell It's Fred Titmus
Lock Up Your Mountain Bikes
Restless Legs
Running Order Squabble Fest
Petty Sessions
The Light At The End Of The Tunnel
Bogus Official
Shit Arm Bad Tattoo
Four Skinny Indie Kids
Totnes Bickering Fair
Blue Badge Abuser
Look Dad No Tunes
Dukla Prague Away Kit
Ode To Joyce
The Best Things In Life
24 Hour Garage People
The Trumpton Riots
Tending The Wrong Grave
For What Is Chatteris?
Paintball's Coming Home ("they've got the downright oxymoronic Best Of Snow Patrol")
We Built This Village
Vatican Broadside
National Shite Day

and three more

Took Problem Chimp To Ideal Home Show
Joy Division Oven Gloves

So, another fine couple of days seeing the band and catching up with folk. Very educational in other ways. Bananas, for example. 50 pence each at Wakefield Westgate station. And 3 for 49p at Waitrose in Peterborough. Says it all, really.