This was the bands second gig with the new line-up featuring Rachel on vocals and Paul on Bass, both settling well into their new roles in the band. Rachel was definitely more confident than at their first gig at The Central in Gateshead where the nerves were definitely showing, the vocals were a little lower in the mix but still clearly audible. The fairly small crowd was mainly friends of the bands playing on the night and they were treated to a pretty good performance, the sound was good too and although the tracks played were the same at both gigs, the running order had been changed around.
The venue was a small upstairs room in The Telegraph pub, tucked behind the central station in Newcastle, the downstairs area was very quiet and although it used to be a popular pub in the town it seems to be struggling after a recent change of management which may have been a factor in the small crowd. There were four handpulls on the bar and I played safe asking for a pint of the ubiquitous Caledonian Deuchars. It was off so had to revert to the usual crap pub backup drink of a Guinness instead. It’s a nice venue for small intimate gigs but that’s the only reason I’ll be going back there.
The setlist was: Trail Of Sequins, Girl With A Chainsaw, There And Back Again, Laid Up In Ordinary, Wildness Ways, New Sparkle, Paper Dolls, Red Fox and Black Boots, White Lines.
The set was only 27 minutes long so there is a bit of spare room to squeeze an extra track in there, I’m sure Leipzig would be a popular choice, how about it?