well Mild High Club were the support act so the singer came out to play guitar on one of the Sketches tracks (i think it was The Book?) with them supporting i’d thought it might have been a very Sketches-heavy tour but sort of relieved it wasn’t as it was my least favourite of last year.
i don’t know Quarters all that well but i think they only did a couple of minutes of God is in the Rhythm at the end of The River, rather than the full thing. looking at the UK setlists though we were the only show that didn’t get Cellophane, i’d have happily swapped both Quarters tracks for that tbh (they did a little bit of the bassline at the end of Lord of Lightning but then stopped). also a couple of them got almost all of FMB including Open Water and Billabong…mustn’t complain though as it detracts from a great show. i’ve had Digital Black in my head constantly since. i’ll need to catch them again sometime to fill in the gaps.
i enjoy Poly but it’s not a huge favourite for me, Crumbling Castle sort of towers over the rest of it, i find, though the last few tracks are pretty strong too (the way CC ran straight into Fourth Colour live was a great moment) so i’m happy to stick to my free download. have also only listened to Gumboot 2 or 3 times, i think so far for me there’s a handful of excellent tracks (the 2 they did live sounded fantastic) and some lesser ones (Beginner’s Luck is shite). Flying Microtonal Banana is very easily my favourite from last year, followed by Murder of the Universe.
sounds quite silly but i checked out Nonagon early on and wrote it off a bit as samey and overrated and didn’t give it another go until last week, but it really is excellent isn’t it? not sure what i was playing at there.
cheers yeah, my housemate was able to fly to Glasgow last time it was snowing so hopefully should be fine as long as it doesn’t lie. i’ve joined a waiting list on another site but forget which, i’ll try Dice as well. turns out my friend was relying on guestlist coming through but it’s now a bit up in the air cos it’s already sold over capacity apparently, i’d have just bought tickets if i’d realised. i’m not that bothered about not seeing Hookworms as i’ve seen em before, but Castlemania’s on Thursday and i don’t fly home til Sunday cos i was waiting around for that so i’ll be a bit annoyed to now not have anything to do for the rest of the weekend and could have got a much cheaper flight home on the Saturday!