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Gloucester Guildhall Arts Centre
They get a less than glowing reception...
But despite a chronic lack of atmosphere, many of Babybird's new songs sounded fine. The gravel-voiced glam stomp of 'The F-Word' and mellifluous new single 'Out Of Sight' are well-received, as is the gushingly romantic 'The Way You Are'. But other new compositions, including 'Fireflies' and 'Wave Your Hands', sounded leaden and weary. "Here's another song that only one other person here will recognise," Jones quips before breaking in more new material.
Audience antagonism at the show never turns serious, but appears to gradually demoralise the band. Jones trades semi-comic insults with a highly-vocal member of the front row, and at one point seems to liken the Gloucester crowd to the inbred rednecks in John Boorman's classic thriller 'Deliverance'. "We've got nothing better to do on a Sunday night," he eventually shrugs. "No really, we haven't."
Not great. Not gorgeous. Just an uphill slog for band and audience alike.
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