RETURN OF THE HOUSE BAND!

The band raise money for the National Deaf Children’s Society at the 200-capacity Manchester Roadhouse...

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returned to their “spiritual home” for a low-key show in MANCHESTER last night (August 28).

The band returned to the 200-capacity Roadhouse to support the venue’s ongoing charity campaign to raise funds for the National Deaf Children’s Society. Fans who won tickets to the show were asked to donate to the cause.

Contrary to speculation, the band did not debut any new tracks. However, singer Guy Garvey joked that their second album would be made up of covers of local bands Oceansize, Moco and Loafer, most of whom were present.

The show also marked bass player Pete Turner’s 28th birthday. In scenes echoing Julian Casablancas’ celebrations at last weekend’s Reading Festival, Turner was presented with a cake and sung ‘Happy Birthday’ by the audience, led by Garvey. They also gave a rare airing to their cover of Black Sabbath’s ‘The Wizard’, which they originally covered for an Ozzy Osbourne tribute gig two years ago.

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have a long-standing association with the Roadhouse as its ‘house band’, with members having worked there as bar staff and production crew in the years before they were successful.

The band will now return to the studio to record the follow-up to their debut album, ‘Asleep In The Back’.

The full set-list was

‘Can’t Stop’

‘George Lassoes the Moon’

‘Any Day Now’

‘Red’

‘Powder Blue’

‘Bitten By The Tailfly’

‘Coming Second’

‘Don’t Mix Your Drinks’

‘Newborn’

‘The Wizard’

‘Scattered Black and Whites’