The Thrills, Night & Day Café, Manchester, 04/07/07

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A change we’re not sure we asked for

Despite the best efforts of some (one punter spends 45 minutes relentlessly shouting “Corey Haim!” at the stage) tonight sees The Thrills determined to shed the burden of being a Byrds tribute band. So before the playful ditties about places in America not being that far away, we get the likes of ‘Long Forgotten Song’ – a plodding navel-gazer that sails close to the murky whirlpool of Keane B-sides. It’s one of several songs tonight that Conor Deasy refers to as their “quieter new sound”, and one that sees them ditching West Coast fun for Dublin melancholy. It’s a change we’re not sure we asked for. Daniel Nolan