Having spent a previous gig at this venue trying, and failing, to actually 'see' Imogen Heap, I arrived just before doors opened and took up a decent spot right in the centre of the balcony. Good spot for recording some of the tunes with my Flip (YouTube links below). First up was Crazy Arm who's twin Gibson SG attack made them sound a bit like AC/DC doing Brit country (a good thing, BTW), and they were followed by Chuck Regan. Chuck's quite a trad country rocker, his voice is ragged and he stomps his massive boots over the venue like he owns it. Great.
The main event, then, kicked off with Photosynthesise (which is last Bristol show finished with, great continuity) and then ran through a decent selection of songs from Turner's various albums. One thing that I always enjoy about these gigs is that the audience immediately become part of the performance, singing, shouting and often drowning out the band, most prosaically on Try This at Home and this shows the dedication of the fans (as did the Frank Turner + Me 4 Ever T-Shirts that many girls were wearing) and the catchiness of the songs themselves.
My favourite tune of the evening was To Take You Home (which I didn't record, damn!). In addition to being a really smart song lyrically, the drummer's use of the floor tom was joyous to see (as was the bassist who always reminds me of the robots from the cover of Yoshimi vs The Pink Robots for some reason).
I'm not usually a fan of early finishes (Frank finished at 9.30 to allow some crappy club to go on), but this time I managed to scoot across town and catch Cassette Culture doing their first gig and The Kabeedies, which was quite cool.