The Ukrainians are one of my favourite bands and this was their first time playing in York but sadly I’d be surprised if they came back. Whilst they accept that their musical style is somewhat ‘niche’ this was still a pitifully small audience. The venue felt empty and even when the band started playing many people stayed well away from the stage, preferring to sit in the dark – why ? It does help a band’s performance if they can see the audience ! I’ve seen the Ukies in other venues and usually people are much more enthusiastic – our North Yorkshire reserve I guess.
To the uninitiated, The Ukrainians (initially an offshoot of The Wedding Present) play westernised versions of traditional Ukrainian songs and cover versions of other songs in Ukrainian language and style. Their albums and live sets have always featured an interesting selection of covers, notably The Smiths and the Sex Pistols, but the current tour is promoting the new album ‘A history of rock music in Ukrainian’ and, you’ve guessed it, it’s all cover versions and it’s great. Some are old favourites but many are new and the fun » Continue Reading.