New Model Army – The Roadmender, Northampton

It’s been 3.5 years since I was last at The Roadmender, this is the 5th time I’ve seen New Model Army there, and I believe the 26th time I’ve seen them as a full band. As always it was a superb gig, but a little bit warm and sticky.

R&R
Winter
Here Comes the War
Strogula
The Charge
Angry Planet
Born Feral
Eyes Get Used to the Darkness
No Pain
Die Trying
Did You Make it Safe?
Burn the Castle
Devil
51st State
Between Dog and Wolf
Get Me Out

Poison Street
My Country
Green and Grey

New Model Army – Rock City, Nottingham

I think this is the 5th year at Rock City for the pre-christmas gig. Hopefully next year will make 6.

Better Than Them
Higher Wall
Lights Go Out
No Greater Love
Into the Wind
Strogoula
Stranger
Beginning

Winter
White Light
Weak and Strong
Part the Waters
Fate
Devil
Angry Planet
Born Feral
No Rest
Autumn
Stormclouds
51st State
Family
Bad Old World
Wonderful Way to Go

Christian Militia
Between Dog and Wolf
Poison Street

Get Me Out
High
I Love the World

New Model Army – Rock City, Nottingham

It’s a Saturday in mid-December which can only mean one thing, New Model Army at Rock City.

We headed up early and popped in to Spanky Van Dyke’s for a pre-gig burger, and were lined up outside Rock City by 5:15 ready for the doors to open at 6. We were one of the first through the doors and headed down to the front, not realising early enough that we were stood in front of the aircon and would spend the rest of the night freezing cold.

The gig started out with a Justin and Dean acoustic set slowing building up to the full-band lineup, before the first break. The second set was a more normal affair. We got one new song during the first set, Die Trying, and the promise of the release of a new album at some point in the next year or so, they aren’t rushing things. By the sound of it we’ll be back at Rock City again next year, most likely on the the 10th of December.

Snelsmore Wood
Autumn
La Push
You Weren’t There
Die Trying
Lovesongs
Summer Moors
Rivers
Fate

Bloodsports
Christian Militia
Breathing
March in September
No Greater Love
Nothing Dies Easy
Devil’s Bargain
Orange Tree Roads
No Mirror, No Shadow
One of the Chosen
Another Imperial Day
Stormclouds
Heroes
Between Dog and Wolf
Angry Planet
Family
Get Me Out

Stupid Questions
Wonderful Way to Go
Green and Grey

I Love the World

New Model Army – Bristol Bierkeller

A last minute change of venue for the gig tonight to the Bierkeller, somewhere I used to see a lot of bands some 25 years ago, but haven’t visited for 12 years or so.

Support came from Bad Cardigans, who weren’t wearing cardigans, but weren’t too bad otherwise.

As always New Model Army were superb, storming through the first few songs without a pause. A few forgotten lyrics during Purity being the only glitch of the night. It was very hot and sweaty in the Bierkeller though, and the choice of beers at the bar was appalling.

Disappeared
States Radio
March in September
No Greater Love
Devils Bargain
Guessing
Orange Tree Roads
No Mirror, No Shadow
One of the Chosen
Another Imperial Day
Stormclouds
Heroes
Between Dog and Wolf
Angry Planet
Purity
Wonderful Way To Go

Family
Christian Militia
I Love the World

Get Me Out

New Model Army – Rock City, Nottingham

Mid-December means the now annual pilgrimage to Nottingham for the New Model Army Christmas show. This year it was billed as being a bit special.

The first set was fairly normal, with the only exception being the occasional appearance of Andy Woodard on additional percussion.

For the second set they were joined by a string duo playing violin and chello who accompanied the band on most of the songs. Part way through the set Ed Alleyne-Johnson made an appearance and kept popping up throughout the set.

The highlight for me was Vagabonds in the first encore. It started out with just Ed and Justin on stage with the obligatory extended violin intro, until half-way through the song Dean White joined in on bass and the the other 6 musicians all joined in on various drum kits.

It’s going to be hard to match this next year.

Guessing
Rumour and Rapture
Christian Militia
1984
Red Earth
Stormclouds
No Rest
Knievel
Waiting
Family
Between Dog and Wolf

Ballad
Someone Like Jesus
Into the Wind
Orange Tree Roads
March in September
Devil’s Bargain
Liberal Education
No Mirror, No Shadow
One of the Chosen
Family Life
No Pain
Angry Planet
Purity
Poison Street
Wonderful Way to Go

Vagabonds
Till the End of the Day (Kinks cover)
225

Vengeance
Green and Grey

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

New Model Army – Rock City, Nottingham

It’s that time of year again, the annual pilgrimage to see New Model Army play their pre-christmas gig. As with last year, and hopefully many years to come, it was at Rock City, the venue with the stickiest floor imaginable.

As with last year there was no separate support band, it started out with Justin Sullivan on his own, before he was joined by Dean White for a few songs, then Marshall Gill, then the full band.

Same again in 12 months all being well.

JS solo
No Greater Love
+Dean White
Drummy B
Into the Wind
Dawn
La Push
+Marshall
Knievel
+Full Band
Horsemen
Summer Moors

Stormclouds
No Rest
March in September
Did You Make it Safe?
Pull the Sun
Christian Militia
I Need More Time
Modern Times
Archway Towers
Here Comes the War
Between Dog and Wolf
Today is a Good Day
High
Seven Times
Ballad of Bodmin Pill
Wonderful Way to Go

Lean Back and Fall
The Price
Get Me Out
Green & Grey

I Love the World

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

New Model Army – Roadmender, Northampton

This was the second date of a short tour, in a venue I’ve been to quite a few times. Tonight we were joined by Lauren at her first NMA gig, not a common choice for an 11 year old.

Unfortunately the sound was pretty dreadful tonight, although that may have been down to where we were standing. Despite that the band were on form, playing a superb set mixing a few new songs along with some very old ones. The new album is due out this summer, and by the sound of the new tracks played tonight will be very percussion-based. Roll on the full tour in the autumn.

Wonderful Way to Go
Rumour and Rapture (1650)
Space
March in September
States Radio
Red Earth
Spirit of the Falklands
Today Is a Good Day
See You in Hell
Horsemen
1984
Get Me Out
A Liberal Education
No Rest
High
225

Seven Times
Frightened
Green and Grey

Christian Militia