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How have the gigs been?
They were pretty great. The gruppe work really well together and some of the new songs were exceptional. The crowd also seemed pumped up by their hatred of support act Safi Sniper, the guy employed to piss people off with repetitive noises. It was also the most normal Fall show of the 4 or so I've seen, very little of Mark fucking about with mics and sound levels, though he spent a good bit of the first half at the back of the stage facing away from the crowd. The band shared a few laughs and Pete, the guitarist, for once didn't look completely terrified. I dislike the venue, maybe unfairly, and would like to see The Fall at a smaller regional place, but that's just me.
last Tuesday, reviews of their forum for it were a bit up and down, but I thought it was very good, especially Sparta FC, which sort of morphed into a long jam. Off to watch them in Birmingham tomorrow night. Really hoping Safi Sniper ain't part of the support, he wasn't for Nottingham which was a relief, i've watched and listened through that too many times!!
best Fall gig I have seen since Hackney a couple of years ago. Smith actually looked as though he was enjoying himself as did his Mrs. Pete however looked terrified as usual. The set culminated with 2 encores which included 'Blindness', really could not have asked for much more. Roll on Primavera....