Wednesday, 5 January 2011

187 KINGMAKER, This Perfect Nation, Swindon Link Arts Centre, Friday 10 May 1991

I won free tickets for this one (as well as a t-shirt and a copy of their latest EP) when I answered a question on a GWR phone-in. What's the premiere rock venue in Kingmaker's hometown of Kingston-Upon-Hull? The Adelphi of course!

Liked the EP in a driving poppy rock way, so went along to the gig with perennial gig-goers Andy and Pete. Dossed around in the Arts Centre's comfy seats while local band This Perfect Nation played an inoffensive set.

Kingmaker are a bunch of 3 young tykes from Hull who are rapidly gaining attention, and it was easy to see why as they grabbed the audience by the scruff of the neck and deposited it squarely on the dancefloor, "rocking out" to a guitar frenzy which had echoes of influences such as U2 ("High As A Kite", their best number) and The Wonderstuff (the climactic "Human Race"), but was individual, optimistic, upbeat and refreshingly cool.

"The first time we've had 2 encores!" exclaimed vocalist Laurence, but I think that was more a compliment to their excellent set and fun attitude, rather than the audience. Nice bunch of lads too, as they signed my swiped set-list afterwards. Another excellent 1991 concert!

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