really annoying that if i lived in GB i’d be well into double figures as well but sadly i’ve only seen them 3 times.
was really excited when they first announced a show here in 2008 at the first Belsonic festival, only to find out they were opening for The Enemy and Reverend & the Makers (the show they talk about on Last Night I Saved Her from Vampires). considered whether or not to spend the £30something quid to go anyway but decided against it (there is a grainy video on youtube somewhere of Kelson finishing the set in his pants in broad daylight)
but they came over and did a headline show in Stiff Kitten in November 2008 which was great fun, similar setlist to the first live album. Kelson being a fucking maniac at the end of Cloak the Dagger, playing bass on someone’s shoulders while drinking the guy’s pint with no hands. well attended but annoyingly the crowd talked a whole lot (the people in front of me were shouting in each other’s ears during the loudest songs, so weird) but i had to stay near the back of the room as my friend was on crutches. could barely hear any of the stage chatter which i’d been looking forward to almost as much as the music.
had a ticket to see them play the same venue in 2009 but it got cancelled by the venue due to poor ticket sales - was a mere 6 months after the last show and before the second album release date so not a massive surprise i guess. they rescheduled for a smaller venue at the end of the summer but then the band cancelled the whole Irish tour apparently for scheduling reasons, and then never rescheduled. i never bought a ticket for the second one as i was waiting for the chance to swing by the venue and buy one without the online fees, i worry my tardiness might have contributed to the cancellation. also means i missed out on the consolation of a free demos CD in the post as recompense, although i got sent all the demo stuff on here years later at least. but sad to have only caught them once in the Kelson era.
they finally came back over here in 2013 for a big all day festival in Derry organised by Fighting With Wire as their own farewell show in a big temporary venue that was there for Derry’s City of Culture year. FOTL were initially the top name on the poster but later got supplanted by ASIWYFA and then fucking Frank Turner. really enjoyed the short FOTL set, included a couple of tracks from How to Stop Your Brain which wasn’t out yet and it was the first time i’d seen them play a couple of mclusky songs which i was delighted about. there’s a backstage interview on youtube though where Falco mentions that barely anyone there seemed to know who they were, which is probably why they stopped bothering to play here.
made the effort to get the ferry over to see them in Nice & Sleazy in Glasgow at the end of 2016 and was really glad i did. nice small venue, great set, loads of fun. similar setlist to the second live album this time which was recorded a week later. he spent half the night making My Vitriol jokes which i was absolutely delighted about.
never thought i’d get to see two mclusky* shows though which has made up for their previous absences. Irish mclusky* shows went down really well too, and Falco was tentatively asking about the post-Brexit logistics of Irish shows on twitter the other day so fingers crossed they’ll be back, hopefully for FOTL shows as well as mclusky at some point