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I was a bit nervous before last night's Totally Acoustic, as it was my first gig in FOUR WEEKS. I was so nervous I even PRACTICED! I know!

I arrived to find Mr E Munro and Mr S Hewitt, who pointed me in the direction of Nichole and Ree a.k.a. Orange Nichole. Much to my relief they turned out to be lovely, and we had a chat about customs control (they'd nearly been turned back, and had to persuade the Apparently Chatty customs guy that they weren't doing Professional Concert Appearances) and WALES, before it was time to head upstairs and start setting things up.

People gradually started to arrive, with an unusually LARGE number of people who'd come from afar - part of the IDEA of doing the gig early is that it means people can come from further afield and still get home, but it's never been taken up as much as LAST night, with Ray (Stourbridge en route to MOROCCO), Jon (Basingstoke, celebrating his birthday) and Jeff (Ipswich) all making long journeys. Thanks chap!

One person who DIDN'T arrive for AGES tho was Ben, a.k.a. Superman Revenge Squad. He arrived five minutes before I was about to GIVE UP, and my panic was such that i think I made him feel a bit GUILTY about it. Sorry chap! I was EXTREMELY pleased that he did make it though, as he was FANTASTIC and totally won over the entire room with his CUNNING and EXTREMELY WORD-FILLED songs, he was amazing. Loads of people seem to be tipping him for GRATENESS, and the reason for this is that he is GRATE.

As indeed were Orange Nichole, tho in a rather different way, as they came on and CHARMED everyone with a succesion of lovely songs, delicately played, ooh, it was smiles all round!

And then, after the BEER break, it was my turn. As I may have mentioned, I'm VERY excited about the new album, which would go some way to explaining why i did THIS:
  • (theme from) Dinosaur Planet
  • Do The Indie Kid
  • Where Do All The Women Go To?
  • All The Good Men
  • Being Happy Doesn't Make You Stupid
  • My Boss Was In An Indie Band Once
  • It Only Works Because You're Here
  • IT Guy Addendum
  • We're Old And We're Tired (and we want to go home)
  • Easily Impressed

  • Apart from the first and last ones it's an abbreviated run-through of the ALBUM, with >Where Do All The Women Go To? done because I listened to it the other day and a) liked it then b) realised it was THEMATICALLY SIMILAR to All The Good Men, which ALSO went down pretty well. It was a RELIEF to do so much new stuff (some BRAND NEW) and have it go down OK, especially as I'm going to need to do it LOTS when the album comes out!

    That done there was BEER, there was CHAT and then a stroll/train home. It was a BRILLIANT way to start out what will hopefully be a MIGHTY year in ROCK!

    posted 14/1/2009 by MJ Hibbett

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