O2 Institute, Birmingham
December 2, 2015
As the opening chords of ‘Right On Satellite’ get things underway, a cup goes flying towards the stage, dousing Dom Ganderton and his pedal board in liquid. A large group of fans have been left outside the venue because they’re too young to get in tonight, and those that have gained entry seem hellbent on making sure Superfood’s homecoming Jack Rocks show is as chaotic and fun as possible in their honour.
After renditions of ‘Believe’ and ‘Like A Daisy’ (which veers into a burst of Stealers Wheel’s ‘Stuck In The Middle With You’) that have the crowd roaring and bouncing alone, Ganderton pauses to address the wild mass before him. “Would it be okay to play some new songs?” he asks. “We’ve been doing nothing for the last six months except writing and tweaking them.”
The night sees three fresh cuts aired, each boasting swaggering funk undertones. ‘Spider’ comes on like ’70s disco-funk with a thrusting bassline that Ganderton gets introspective over with lines like “Like a dirty crystal ball, I can see his future clear/But he never seems to see me.” ‘Clean Bike’ struts through its verses before a bratty chorus of “Oi!/Your neighbours getting robbed”, while ‘Principles’ is all elastic funk from bassist Emily Baker (who’s spent the last few days in hospital but still looks as ice cool as ever) and sneered vocals.
Back in more familiar territory, Superfood’s energetic fans clamber onto each other’s shoulders and send themselves flying towards the stage. One fan does a full on roly poly other his friends heads, grinning ear to ear as his face re-emerges. Between ‘Mood Bomb’ and ‘TV’, the crowd start chanting the band’s name, stomping their approval with their feet. “It’s so fucking good to be playing shows again,” says Ganderton ahead of eponymous closer ‘Superfood’. As fans leap into each other one more time, it’s clear that the feeling’s mutual.
‘Right On Satellite’
‘Like A Daisy’