Next, and a second viewing for me, The Vehicles. Twitchy New Wave with a slight Postcards Records kind of edge in places, they also reminded me a bit of Maximo Park tonight as well. As I'm rather fond of 'the Park' this was all good (listen to Trouble In Paradise in particular). The acid test for me when I see a band for the second time is do I remember the tracks from the first time I saw them. Were they memorable enough to lodge in what's left of my brain? Well, The Vehicles passed this test with flying colours.
Finally for tonight The Allies. I've written about them loads of times already. They are one of the best bands in Brum. One great singalong track after another, pacey, tight and as energetic as a bag of kittens on speed. I saw them last night supporting Yeti and The Foxes in The Barfly (a much bigger venue than The Rainbow) and they nailed it, just like they did tonight. Hoovering up all sorts of influences from The Libertines to The Zutons, The Pogues to The Clash then spitting them out in one great glorious gobful, The Allies have bucket loads of potential. For my money Ain't No Love Lost (bringing in the fiddle and accordion) remains their best track 'cos it's just so different and refreshing to hear. It's a bloody great end to the set too, but when the music's this good who wants it to end?