The Ruby Lounge, Manchester
The Blue Aeroplanes are one of those bands I’ve always been aware of but never really investigated properly but they’ve hovered in my peripheral vision all these years since I first started paying attention to all things Indie and John Peel in the mid 80s. I had a couple of records and remember enjoying their TV appearances with the combination of spoken word vocals, Wojtek’s excellent dance moves and the multiple guitar frenzy. I got talking to a diehard fan a couple of years ago who convinced me I should definitely see them next time they came to town.
The threat of ‘Snowmageddon’ hasn’t prevented a very decent turnout and from the first bar of the (current) 7-piece line up I know this is going to be good. The imposing, perma-sunglasses wearing figure of Gerard Langley (supposedly the subject of REM’s ‘Losing My Religion’) warns that this won’t be a nostalgia trip and sure enough the set is largely drawn from their new LP ‘Welcome Stranger!’ – fortunately it’s a truly excellent record and the new tunes are just as warmly received as old classics like ‘Yr Own World’ which is » Continue Reading.