November 30, 2000 17:16

FATHER FIGURES!

Crowds of fans are turned away - but NME.COM made it in to see Cliff Jones' stripped-down band back on stage again...

FATHER FIGURES!
GAY DAD played their first live show for more than two years at a jam-packed NOTTING HILL ARTS CLUB last night (November 29), and dozens of fans were turned away at the door.

The gig, part of Alan McGee's Poptones Radio 4 club night, was a sell-out in the 250-capacity club, but many more people turned up to queue in the vain hope of seeing the band's comeback.

Despite the mood of anticipation, the band didn't dress up for the occasion, lead singer Cliff Jones' famed glam attire being dropped in favour of a scruffy woollen hat.

Now reduced to a three-piece following the departure of keyboard player James Risebero, the band now consists of Jones on vocals and guitar, Baz Crowe on drums and Nigel Hoyle on bass. They sped
through a short 20-minute set of old and brand new numbers.

With the stripped-down line up, much of the Krautrock noodling which characterised their sound was missing, replaced with a more low-down traditional rock sound, new numbers echoing the likes of '70s metallers Led Zeppelin and even '80s soft rockers Little Angels. The ever-present spectre of Iggy Pop also haunted the set, particularly on stand-out new song 'Nightclub'.

The full set list was as follows:

'Always And Forever'
'To Earth With Love'
'Nightclub'
'Harder, Faster'
'Dinosaur'
'Joy'


Gay Dad are currently finishing work on their second album and hope to release a single early next year.

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