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A stroll, a train and a taxi and BEHOLD! I was in Sheffield last night, clutching a copy of The Sheffield Star, which had a lovely big article and even bigger picture of US in it. All was slight chaos as I was late getting to the venue, Rob was unable to get there until 8pm anyway, Tom was somewhere North of Nottingham stuck in traffic on the M1, and Tim and Emma were about half an hour behind him.

I passed the time by reading SANDMAN Magazine, which not only featured the interview I did a little while ago but ALSO a really rather good review of the album (which I'll link to when it goes online). Later we would read through and MARVEL at how many times we appeared in the magazine - Frankie was claiming victory as he had a gig listing of his own, but I pointed out that my name was ALONE on the cover and that, therefore, I WIN. It's important to keep these things clear, I feel.

Gradually people arrived, and we made the horrifying discovery that Tim had left a bit of his High Hat behind, so it didn't work. We all looked a bit bemused at his HORROR, as surely a little thing like that wouldn't make a difference, we thought? We thought FOOLISHLY, because actually it REALLY WOULD...

DREAD was somewhat lessened, however, when Emma unveiled her SECRET PROJECT: we now have a BACKDROP! It's VERY exciting, we've never HAD such a thing before, and it not only LOOKS GRATE but, having felt letters on it, it FEELS GRATE too! RAH! Frankie arrived and was made to go upstairs TWICE until he realised that that backdrop was OURS, then we went for chips, before returning for Setlist Argument. This particular Setlist Argument went on for QUITE some time, and even then it was to be CHANGED when we realised some songs were unplayable without the high hat OR not well known enough by various of our number.

Chat, beer, watching of the other bands, and then we were ON, and this is what we eventually played:
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  • The Lesson Of The Smiths
  • The Perfect Love Song
  • Better Things To Do
  • Quality Of Life Enhancement Device
  • Hey Hey 16K
  • Leave My Brother Alone
  • Things'll Be Different (when I'm in charge)
  • The Gay Train
  • Tell Me Something You DO Like
  • We Only Ever Meet In Church
  • Easily Impressed

  • We got off to a bit of a shakey start when Tim's SNARE when SPROING halfway through the first song, which is why I ended up playing The Perfect Love Song whilst he fixed it, and we generally seemed a bit NERVY really. I mean, HEY! We were still pretty good I think, but we've GELLED and ROCKED OUT TOGETHER a bit better. It also felt a bit QUIET, as there was MUCH LESS people than before, but to compensate the people who WERE there were dead keen, also LOVELY. Also, please note DEBUT PERFORMANCE of We Only Ever Meet In Church - it felt GOOD!

    We packed up, had a chat to various people, LUGGED huge piles of merchandise downstairs, then set off into the night. Tom and I had a LENGTHY discussion on the way home about SHOP METHODOLOGY, for LO! This was also pretty much the first time we'd had any kind of SHOP set up for a gig, rather than me wandering round trying to get people to take stuff off me. It seemed to go OK, but Valuable Lessons Were Learnt. It was a good PILOTTING EXERCISE, but hopefully anybody who comes to see us on tour will be IMPRESSED by our efficient mastering of the post-gig retail system.

    Today I went to the bank and got us a FLOAT - NONE! MORE! ROCK!

    posted 7/7/2006 by MJ Hibbett

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