The Good, The Bad & The Queen @ EartH…
Missed these guys on their first run which was a shame as I absolutely rinsed the album when it came out. I remember it felt like the great lost Blur album, before we found out that Blur were actually going to do another album (on the other hand, I always felt like Think Tank was a proxy Damon Albarn solo album). Did not expect them to return so was psyched for this.
They played the new album through in full, which I am always a fan of. Then a very civilised interval (more of this please bands) before a six song selection from the first album (although no room for Herculean ). What the second half illustrated is that the new album is maybe a little one paced - the place went crazy for a speeded up version of Kingdon Of Doom by contrast. I guess it fits the melancholy tone of the album overall. Damon seemed to be enjoying himself, alternating between smashing the piano, dancing round the stage and shaking hands in the front row. More energised that I’ve ever seen him with Blur. Was pretty exciting to see Paul Simonon play today, a bona fide member of the only band that matters.
Venue/crowd check: was expecting this to be a shithold full of pricks, but actually it was fine. First time at the venue and I actually like the unallocated tiered seating plus the sound was decent. Had only heard bad things about it, so was pleasantly surprised. Crowd also seemed into it, which is not bad for Dalston on a Tuesday