I almost didn't make it to this one. After a long day and rubbish day at work, coupled with the late news that I would actually be seeing the gig on my own, I spent a fair amount of time wondering whether I could be bothered with it or not. (Plus I was already pissed off at missing the Smashing Pumpkins at Shepherds Bush the night before, thanks to yet another case of most tickets being bought purely to be resold on eBay for five times the original price. Still really hope that ticket touts die of a painful and disfiguring tropical disease).
After eventually deciding that I love the New Pornographers too much to miss any gig of theirs over such trivial matters, I headed over to 93 Feet East, getting there just in time to catch the last minute of The Little Ones set. Oh well, Were they any good? I'd never heard of them before.
Anyway, the NP's arrived onstage about half an hour later. Excellent set - plenty from the superb Twin Cinema, and a good amount of new stuff too (which sounds pretty great. I haven't heard the album itself yet). It was a shame not to get the 'full' experience afforded by having the likes of Neko Case there, but they had at least recruited what appeared to be a professional Neko Case impersonator - with your eyes closed you'd have struggled to tell the difference. Some funny onstage banter as well, especially the excellent, apropos-of-nothing question: "Do you guys have trouble understanding Welsh accents?" I know it's perhaps a bit obvious of me, but the highlight of the set came at the end with the double whammy of Sing Me Spanish Techno and The Bleeding Heart Show. The latter in particular must be one of the best songs ever, and sounded incredible in the flesh. They returned a few minutes later to take a couple of requests, and ended up doing My Slow Descent Into Alcoholism and I can't remember the other one.
Only regret is that they didn't play Letter From An Occupant, but then again, I think I'm in a bit of a minority in thinking of that one as one of my favourite New Pornographers songs.
Excellent gig though, and far better than sitting in front of the telly, which is what I'd probably have done otherwise.