All Present and correct
Anyway thanks to Persil for leaving our house almost cleaner than they had found it. I was particularly pleased to note that our telly and front room window remained unintroduced during their stay.
In truth, owing to work and their evening shows, we didn't see much of them apart from to clamber over them in the mornings. However we did greatly enjoy their set at the Liverpool Carling Academy, after which the Weddoes were top. More of that in a mo.
We may have Persil back in a fortnight as after this tour, they're doing a few shows with Betws-y-Coed's finest Melys, including one at the Cavern Club. They will only be a duo (Martine and David) for that show rather than a quartet (with hired hand Bas da bass and soundman Grrrt), as was the case this past weekend so that will make things more comfortable for them in terms of sleeping arrangements.
As yet we've had no other bookings from bands. Obviously word is getting about that our full English isn't up to scratch.
So, yeah, the Wedding Present are back, but as Gedge pointedly states during the show, he never went away, merely was performing at Cinerama who by the end were sounding much like his original band, hence the return to the Wedding Present name. This is not a 'reformation', but some seem to see it that way and this crowd dwarfs that for recent Cinerama Liverpool shows, something which clearly irks Gedge from his continued reference to those who weren't coming in the interim.
That aside, this is a top performance though mixing the very old (such as their second ever single), the very new (the latest single, but of course), some harder-edged latter day Cinerama (e.g. 'Careless') and a classic or two ('Kennedy', which Gedge repeats his dislike of afterward, amongst others). We Pavlovia dogs lap it up though.
I won't be doing a VP review for this (I like a night off sometimes) but the Pompey show may well get a write-up from Andrew Morrison. We shall see.