The Brummie quartet previewed new material as they conquered a very sweaty O2 Institute last week
London indie quartet Shiners warmed up the O2 Institute in Birmingham ahead of Superfood's wild and sweaty homecoming last week (December 2).
A large group of Superfood's fans had been left outside because they were too young to get in, but those who gained entry seemed hell-bent on making the gig as chaotic and fun as possible in their honour.
The band played songs from their 2014 debut album 'Don't Say That', including 'Right On Satellite', 'Believe' and 'Like A Daisy'. The latter veered into a brief version of Stealers Wheel's 'Stuck In The Middle With You'.
The show was the first Birmingham gig new drummer Jamie Murray had played with the band, since replacing previous sticksman Carl Griffin earlier in the year.
The group also aired a handful of new songs throughout the night. "Would it be okay to play some new songs?" asked frontman Dom Ganderton. "We've been doing nothing or the last six months except writing and tweaking them."
'Spider' was the first new song to be played, coming on like '70s disco-funk with a thrusting bassline that Ganderton got introspective over with lines like "Like a dirty crystal ball, I can see his future clear/But he never seems to see me."
'Clean Bike' followed, strutting through its verses before a bratty chorus of "Oi!/Your neighbours getting robbed".
The final new song of the night came in the form of 'Principles', all elastic funk from bassist Emily Baker (who had spent the last few days in hospital but still looked as ice cool as ever) and sneered vocals.
The band closed on a double-header of old tracks 'Bubbles' and 'Superfood'. "It's so fucking good to be playing shows again," said Ganderton, bringing the show to a close.