Tuesday, 2 November 2010
302 HALF MAN HALF BISCUIT, Chester Telford's Warehouse, Thursday 27 July 1995
Not one of my usual haunts but I was oop North for the weekend, so accompanied 2 gentlemen called Gareth along to this gig, getting dropped off at this excellent if unorthodox venue; an old pump room by the Chester canal, with a low-roofed room off the main bar where bands play, accessed by going though an archway! Got a pass-out card as well, which enabled us to sup our beers on the banks of the canal - very convivial indeed! - and noticed that the venue actually overhangs the canal! Best not stamp our feet too vigorously...
Sans support, "The Biscuit" came on at 10 to an enthusiastic, almost home-town welcome (their native Birkenhead being only 20 or so miles away, this was as good as a home gig!). A super set of jangle, ramshackle pop followed, embellished by vocalist Nigel Blackwell's deadpan, nasal vocals and satirical lyrics. Highlight was an unexpected oldie "Albert Hammond Bootleg", although an almost jolly "4AD 3D CD" was a fun sing-along. I eventually piled into the mosh during "Trumpton Riots", and had lots of fun to HMHB's crazy, trashy, mad mad mad music. A good hour's worth of funny old stuff; a great set overall!