THE BOOK CLUB - DEC 14TH @ MANCHESTER ROADHOUSE
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THE BOOK CLUB
Right, let’s be honest biographies are often boring and monotonous. Four lads from a big city…blah blah blah….Firstly then, perhaps it would be more productive to tell you what The Book Club are not, rather than to tell you what they are about.
For a start you won’t find them dressed in all matching leather jackets, finally arriving on stage a bit worse for wear about an hour after they were meant to go on. They won’t be sporting rosary beads, trilbies or any other unnecessary accessories aimed at promoting an image of the bohemian tortured genius. The very fact that people go to such lengths in order to look like they don’t give a f*ck is quite self-explanatory. They aim not to produce promotional photographs which present the band as a group of angry doormen nor strive to create contrived images of ‘fun!’ Also, and this is most important, The Book Club will never, under any circumstances swear in a sentence that does not require it. Ok that last one was a bit farfetched.
Very well, now the soap box has been put away let’s be serious for a moment. The band does have a bit of previous. Joe was the lead singer in Sheffield favourites Milburn but far from dwelling on what might have been he has gathered together a nice little troop of musicians, all cousins, to produce what is quickly becoming a tight knit popular beat combo. Of course Joe’s voice has not changed and there’s still that essence of melody carried on from the Milburn days. However, this band is different, this band has got its priorities right. Gone are the youthful ideas of world-domination. Here is the understanding that you make your own music your own way. If that means penning little ditties about your other half, broaching a minefield topic such as the Hillsborough disaster or even highlighting pessimistic British attitudes mid recession, then so be it. As you may have guessed, they don’t have much time for the over-complicated but by the same token refuse to play the ‘indie tunes by numbers’ game.
The fact of the matter is that this band has quality songs and is outstanding live. Fashions may change and at some point their faces may fit. But for the mean time they’re content to hone their sound and make new friends in the process. Forty years ago this band would have made it, no question. Why should 2010 be any different?