New Model Army – The Fleece, Bristol

Tonight was New Model Army’s first gig with stand-in drummer Andy Woodard who’s deputising for a temporarily indisposed Michael Dean. It was also the 20th time I’ve seen them as a full band, plus half a dozen other assorted partial lineups.

Support came from She Makes War, not bad, but not really my kind of thing, possibly better suited to a more intimate venue.

As always New Model Army were superb, Andy Woodard coping admirable with the unfamiliar material. They opened with Stormclouds followed by No Rest, worked through a good mix of old and new material, and ended with a second and final encore of Seven Times, which took two attempts to get going due to a guitar problem first time round.

No doubt I’ll be seeing them at least once more before the year is out.

Setlist was something like this:

Stormclouds
No Rest
March in September
Did You Make It Safe?
Pull the Sun
Whitecoats
No Pain
I Need More Time
Get Me Out
Knievel
Between Dog and Wolf
Today Is a Good Day
Christian Militia
Here Comes the War
High
Wonderful Way to Go

The Price
Archway Towers
Green and Grey

Seven Times