The NME New Breed Tour got off to a ghoulish start at the Ooblok in Birmingham last night (October 31) as headliners Superfood and tourmates Honeyblood threw themselves into the Halloween spirit by dressing up as skeletons and Hey Arnold characters.
Facing a sold-out hometown crowd who were crowd-surfing from the very first song, Superfood opened their set with ‘Bubbles’ on a stage swathed with smoke, and with each member representing a Hey Arnold character, they threw themselves into a succession of epic rock and Britpop tracks from their debut album ‘Don’t Say That’ including ‘TV’, ‘Pallasades’ and ‘Melting’.
“We’re dressed up like Hey Arnold, did everybody see that?” singer Dom Ganderton told the crowd before the baggy-inflected ‘You Can Believe’ to roars of approval and the boisterous atmosphere continued right up to a rare outing of debut EP track ‘Houses’, which had members of Peace moshing in the crowd.
Closing their 45-minute set with their trademark song ‘Superfood’, the band headed off to the nearby Sunflower Lounge to celebrate.
‘Like A Daisy’
‘You Can Believe’
‘Don’t Say That’
‘Right On Satellite’
Earlier, local heroes Dumb opened the night dressed as Yorkshire gents in flat caps and waistcoats and starting moshpits from the very off with their Pixies and Smashing Pumpkins-indebted alt-rock. Then Glasgow duo Honeyblood staged a sweetly savage set in impressive skeleton make-up and t-shirts slashed into ribs. “You guys know it’s fucking Halloween, right?” said singer Stina Tweeddale, “because we feel we’ve made an effort for you guys.” Tweeddale later told the energetic crowd “you guys are fucking wild” and joked “have I got something on my face?” as the duo piled through a tight, truncated set including songs from their acclaimed self-titled debut album such as ‘Bud’, ‘All Dragged Up’ and ‘Killer Bangs’.
‘(I’d Rather Be) Anywhere But Here’
‘No Spare Key’
‘All Dragged Up’
The NME New Breed Tour continues tonight in Glasgow before moving on to Leeds, Norwich, Oxford, Manchester, Bristol and London. The tour will conclude in Brighton at The Haunt on November 12. You can still buy tickets for the tour.
The NME New Breed Tour is as follows:
Glasgow King Tut’s (November 1)
Leeds Brudenell Social Club (3)
Norwich Epic Studios (4)
Oxford O2 Academy (5)
Manchester Deaf Institute (6)
Bristol Louisiana (10)
London Dingwalls (11)
Brighton Haunt (12)