02 June 2010How can I leave this behind?
An eclectic intro tape featuring Popcorn (by Hot Butter) and Mouldy Old Dough (by Lieutenant Pigeon – ha ha!) set the night up nicely.
Freebass took the stage just after nine to a rapturous welcome. Hooky positioned himself stage left in front of the big 100, Gary Briggs centre stage, Mani rear right (hidden by the huge pillar) and sadly there was no Andy Rourke. Hooky made a Viking-related quip and we were off.
The Freebass live sound is a hairy beast, featuring unsurprisingly a mixture of classic New Order / Stone Roses with a bit of early Foo Fighters thrown in for good measures. The only thing missing, perhaps inevitably due to Rourke's absence, was a Smiths tinge.
When Briggs delayed at the beginning of one song, Hooky quipped "Fookin' ell get yerself sorted out! You're in a proper band now!". And so he is.
After a set lasting approximately one hour they were off, returning for one encore of She Said and then they were gone.
Not Too Late
The Only Ones
Kill Switch Pt 141
World Won't Wait
Secrets And Lies
The God Machine
The Freebass tour continues tonight at The Factory in Manchester.
Post punk cult band The Names emerged in the winter of 1977-1978 as The Passengers, gathering immediate attention on the local Brussels scene. In 1979, after a series of successful gigs and a crucial step forward opening for Magazine, they recorded their first E.P. ("Spectators Of Life") and attracted the interest of prominent label Factory Records in Manchester.
Their first British studio session (at Stockport's Strawberry Studio) produced the single "Nightshift" / "I Wish I Could Speak Your Language (Fac 29). Receiving enthusiastic reviews in the UK and abroad, it marked the start of a long and fruitful collaboration with producer Martin Hannett. The album "Swimming" followed as well as more singles, including "Calcutta" and "The Astronaut".
- extract from the official website biography