MATTHEWS’ NORTHERN COMFORT!

The band warm up for their T In The Park appearance with a hit-laden set...

CATATONIA played a warm-up gig for their appearance at Saturday’s T IN THE PARK with an invitation-only show at GLASGOW’s LIGHTHOUSE ARTS CENTRE last night (July 5).

The band performed a full hour-long set in front of 200 fans, featuring half the tracks on their forthcoming album ‘Paper, Scissors, Stone’, due for August release, including ‘Immediate Circle’ and ‘Is Everybody Here On Drugs?’.

Singer Cerys Matthews, swigging from a bottle of wine, confessed to the capacity crowd to being “nervous at first but glad they’d done it”. They also featured a smattering of hits and audience favourites mainly from ‘International Velvet’.

Cerys warned the crowd they might have to help along with the vocals from ‘Mulder And Scully’ and then as promised, forgot the words to the third verse. The audience duly obliged by filling in.

The band’s usual five-piece line-up was augmented by keyboards and backing vocals from a mystery blonde, introduced as “my friend Becky”. They encored with Cerys’ “favourite” song, a stark version of ‘My Selfish Gene’ performed with only keyboard and bass, plus a rousing version of ‘Strange Glue’.

The setlist was:

‘I Am The Mob’

‘Game On’

‘Immediate Circle’

‘Is Everybody Here On Drugs?’

‘Nothing Hurts’

‘The Mother Of My Misogyny’

‘Imaginary Friend’

‘Dead From The Waist Down’

‘Stone By Stone’

‘Village Idiot’

‘Mulder And Scully’

‘You’ve Got A Lot To Answer For’

‘Road Rage’

Encore

‘My Selfish Gene’

‘Blues Song’

‘Strange Glue’