Half Man Half Biscuit – Roadmender, Northampton

Having missed seeing the Biscuit in Cambridge earlier this year, it’d been a while since I’d seen them.

The support band were nothing to write home about, starting off with a bad easy-listening version of Rock the Casbah, and going downhill from there. However to be fair they weren’t anywhere near the worst band I’ve seen supporting Half Man Half Biscuit.

8:30 came and the main act arrived on stage for their near 2-hour long set. A good mix of old and new songs, although A Country Practice was a slightly odd choice for the last song of the encore.

The Light at the End of the Tunnel (is the Light of an Oncoming Train)
Joy in Leeuwarden (We are Ready)
A Lilac Harry Quinn
Fuckin’ ‘ell it’s Fred Titmus
Look Dad No Tunes
Bob Wilson Anchorman
Use to be in Evil Gazebo – I Went to a Wedding (end)
Yipps (My Baby Got the)
Petty Sessions
All I Want for Christmas Is a Dukla Prague Away Kit
Totnes Bickering Fair
Tending the Wrong Grave for 23 Years
Irk the Purists
Running Order Squabble Fest
Fix it so She Dreams of Me
National Shite Day – The Best Things in Life (end)
Vatican Broadside
When the Evening Sun Goes Down
Rock and Roll is Full of Bad Wools
Restless Legs
24 Hour Garage People (Pringles cost £2.48)
We Built This Village on a Trad. Arr. Tune
It’s Clichéd to Be Cynical at Christmas
Joy Division Oven Gloves

For What is Chatteris…
New Dawn Fades (Joy Division)
A Country Practice

New Model Army – Cheese and Grain, Frome

Since I was last at the Cheese and Grain they’ve started a lot of rebuilding, and the toilets are almost usable which came as a bit of a shock to the system.

New Model Army were on good form as always, working through a set split roughly half-and-half between songs from the new album, Between Dog and Wolf, and songs from the back catalogue. It’s good to see them still playing tracks from their near 30 year old debut album, before finishing off with two of my favourites.

I Need More Time
Today Is a Good Day
March in September
Did You Make it Safe?
Pull the Sun
Christian Militia
Archway Towers
Here Comes the War
Knievel
Between Dog and Wolf
Stormclouds
No Rest
High
Seven Times
Lust for Power
Wonderful Way to Go

Summer Moors
Green and Grey
I Love the World