The last gig of this leave was a suitably good one to finish with, the “Pink Fur” album launch by local Leeds band Post War Glamour Girls. The one and only support band was Stalking Horse the new band from Wu, rising from the ashes of local Leeds legends This Et Al who split a few years ago and subsequently reformed for a one off gig to support Forward Russia on 30 November last year to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the Brudenell.
The night was all about Post War Glamour Girls though and they took to the stage at 10pm to a huge roar from the near capacity crowd to an extended intro to the magnificent ‘Sestra’, the opening track on the album followed by ‘Little Land’ and the excellent ‘Red terror’. James says “Thank You Leeds we are Post War Glamour Girls, We are here to celebrate the release of our debut album Pink Fur” As if anyone needed telling, the crowd responded with a huge roar and James replied with “That’s what I thought”. ‘Stolen Flowers Rust’, a track I don’t think I’ve seen live before came next, then it’s the bass intro into the excellent ‘Service Station Blues’ which ran straight into their last single ‘Lightbulb’ James thanked everyone for turning out then said “The best gig we’ve ever Played I think” before the drum intro into ‘Powdered Milk Asylum’
James then introduced three more people on to the stage to help with the last three tracks of the album, Tommy Davison of Stalking Horse on guitar, Rob Slater from Greenmount studios on Tom Toms and Louisa Osborn from Witchhunt on drums. The more gentle paced ‘Black Dolphin’ was the first, followed by the great ‘Jazz Funerals’ with Ben, Rob and Louisa all hammering away at cymbals during the intro and the set finished with welcoming 6 more people onto the stage (including Chris from Witchhunt and others from Stalking Horse) to provide backing vocals for ‘Brat’. James was stalking back and forth across the stage by now but there wasn’t much room at all as there were now 13 people crammed onto the small stage. It wasn’t the most energetic performance I’ve seen from the band but they were probably concentrating all of their effort on getting everything right. The gig was billed as an album launch and that’s what we got, the entire album played in CD order, there was no encore despite a bit of cheering for one at the end but it didn’t really matter, at just under 55 minutes it was by far and away the longest set I’ve ever seen them play.
Lots of people from other bands turned out to support the band on the night, as well as Witchhunt and Stalking Horse helping out on stage, Whiskas from Forward Russia, Tom Hudson from Pulled Apart by Horses and Andie from Mon Mon were in the audience as well and that’s just the ones I saw. I’m sure there were more local celebrities there and I dare say there would have been a couple from I Like Trains if they hadn’t been playing a gig in Paris on the night.
An excellent gig to finish off with and just a few short hours until I’m back in Africa, Next gig is Johnny Marr back in the same venue at the end of March (twice).