Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
Hopes were high for this. Even navigating my way into central Nottingham in the dark didn’t put me off.
The Rescue Rooms is round the back of Rock City (which was hosting a sold-out show by Elvana – think Dread Zepplin doing the songs of Kurt Cobain), entered through the bar, across a patio/courtyard and though a door into a room not hugely bigger than the Cambridge Portland Arms but with a full-size stage and a massive PA system. Gig curfew of 10:15pm (so the nightclub could begin) meant early (6:30pm) doors.
Support act Sink Ya Teeth made one of my favourite albums of 2018. Their short but sweet set of bass-driven electro-pop included all the hits: Petrol Blue, first single If You See Me, Substitutes, Complicated, Control, a couple of new ones from forthcoming album, Two, including new single The Hot House. They came on at 7:30pm prompt, and were off again half an hour later.
ACR came on a little after 8:30pm. First track was an instrumental with guitarist/trumpeter Martin on drums and drummer Donald on bongos. Then a segue from the Bootsy intro into Do The Du (this is on Youtube, filmed by someone immediately behind me).
Lots of ‘old’ – Flight, Forced Laugh from To Each; Lucinda, Crystal, Knife Slits Water and Rialto from Sextet, only Mickey Way from Force; then the jump forward to The Big E (in Bernard Sumner remix form), Acid House banger Good Together, vocalist Denise Johnson really got stuck into Be What You Wanna Be from the A&M years; 27 Forever; their cover of Talking Heads’ Houses In Motion; Shack Up.
90 minutes and I hadn’t looked at my watch once. The two-song encore featured Sink Ya Teeth on extra percussion for Si Firmi O Grido with Maria bouncing around with a tambourine and Gemma holding Claves but mostly filming on her phone with a big grin on her face. It was SYT’s last gig supporting ACR and there was an end-of-term party feel.
Lights up then into the night we went at a very pumpkin-friendly 10:15pm
Every one from 60s down to a few teens (mainly, like mine, with parents)
It made me think..
I could listen to DoJo drum all day.
I wish the Nottingham one-way system had some better signposting.