'Nice to meet you Nottingham... again' was the first words the lead singer said after singing their first two songs. This was their second gig here after a while - I had lost their first one. I had written in my blog (a year ago) that they were on my Gig Wishlist and I was really happy that they included Notts in their UK tour.
As always slow poke me lost the supporting band. I did look them up after the gig and I think they may not be my cup of tea! I cannot say for sure as I didn't see them live but I'm just putting it out there. If I see them live in the future...we can return to this comment and see if it still holds!
So I arrived right after Alaskalaska ended their set list. As I was entering Rescue Rooms everybody was exiting for a cigarette or a little fresh air. This was good as I got to order my fizzy drink with no waiting in line and got to plant myself in the front having a great view of the stage.
I also got to see Alvvays rehearse a bit so I got a little sneak peek. As they rehearsed the crowd started re-entering the venue. In no time the venue was packed - even the balcony! I say this because during the gig the lead singer commented on it. 'Oh' she said 'I didn't notice their were also people on the balcony' (or something to that effect)! The audience was of all ages, perhaps I should say all ages over 20s. They all seemed to be aware of Alvvays - it didn't feel like they were just discovering them.
They started off with a mixture of songs from their first album and songs from their new album 'Antisocialites'. It was going to be released at the end of that same week.
No negatives could be said about this band. Skillful, entertaining, a really great gig. At some point the lead singer introduced all the band members (I'm really bad with names - you could google them, I'm providing the incentive here!). She cheekily said that the bass player is actually a guitarist and he has to watch her play the guitar all night!
The night continued with great music. As always the band said they would be playing their last song - the audience exhaled out of disappointment. They left the stage - the crowd cheered. The band re-entered the stage and sang two more songs. On my way out two men were discussing the gig. 'This was unexpectedly good' said one man and the other responded 'All their songs were great!'
'Antisocialites' is out now.
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