Despite the unfamiliarity of the first 45 minutes of the set, the crowd are enthusiastic and receptive for the likes of the burbling immediacy of ‘Bubblegum’ and the sprawling, searching ‘1985’.
The gig was one of the band’s smallest in years, with 125 fans crammed into the tiny confines of Ramsgate Music Hall – so miniscule, in fact, the band had to strip back their setup and, earlier in the week, rehearse within a taped out space the same size as the stage.
Plaque presented, the party lifted with 2008 indie disco staples ‘Young Love’ and ‘Two Doors Down’, to which the crowd responded with rowdy enthusiasm.
After finishing songs from ‘Curve Of The Earth’, the band called venue owner Julian Biggs up to the stage to present him with a plaque commemorating Ramsgate Music Hall’s new title.
“You’ve been an amazing audience,” guitarist William Rees told the audience between whoops and hollers as the set closed with an anthemic ‘Alice Springs’ and the band disappeared back to their dressing room through a trap door in the stage.