The Foundry, Sheffield
Never been to this venue before, in Sheffield University Student’s Union. Struck me as being a cut above the Leadmill, where I last saw PSB. The latter may have more “atmosphere” (ie, it’s seedier) but the Foundry has much better sound and is easier to get to.
PSB just get better and better. Their recent album The Race For Space broadens their palette into more electronic and even ambient/dance-y sounds. This, coupled with their trademark Brit-Krautrock, really works well live. By necessity much of their music is backing tracks or live loops, but this is carried off so well you barely notice. Helps that they now have another pair of hands on stage, as well as a brass section. And supporting Heppo’s theory that every band is about the drummer, Wrigglesworth was top-notch throughout.
Head, heart and feet were moved throughout their set. What more can you ask from a gig?
As I was walking up to the venue, I met eyes with my dopplerganger. Middle-aged, manbag, headphones, double denim. I like to think we understood each other. Audience was a a pleasing blend of such types, with young beardy hipsters and a goodly proportion of women. Is is the music, J Wildgoose Esq’s Matt Smithian looks, or a combination? Wish more of the audience had taken notice of the public information film at the beginning, some loud talkers in quiet and dramatic bits.
It made me think..
There is a strand of retrofuturism in British music. Roxy Music, Thomas Dolby, Radio Gaga, etc. Surely there is a Quietus essay that should be written on all that? PSB maintain that tradition.