Supported by Nancy's Dead
The Army and Navy,Chelmsford ,Essex
22nd April 2000
A brief review by Andrew
Having never been to Chelmsford in my life,I
thought we did quite well finding this place after a 2 hour drive,only
to be told that it was sold out and we could not get in as it was full
to capacity.He wasn't wrong,as we found out later. But.I told the guy I
had arranged for 3 tickets to be put back for us.They weren't.We did sort
it out eventually and managed to get in.
This was about 8.30,and the place was already
heaving.After fighting our way to the bar,we went to the back of the room
for a bit of space to drink our beer without it being thrown everywhere,until
the support band finished.Then we somehow managed to get near the front,just
behind the bit where everyone goes nuts.
When they came on and started playing,I don't
think i've seen so many bodies jumping about in such a small area,this
place really was tiny,and there was more beer in the air than there was
in peoples glasses.Trying to get photos was pretty difficult,as you'd spend
most of the gig with your arms pinned to your sides.Dont get me wrong,I
like small venues,but this was a bit too packed for my liking,I like a
bit of room to swing a mouse,and if you wanted to get to the bar or go
for a piss,you could more or less forget about getting back to the front
again with your pint intact.
And unless you were right at the front,you
couldn't see shit,the place was long and narrow,with the stage at one end.The
ceiling in front of the stage was low,which meant if you were any way back
you couldn't see much at all
The sound was good though,pretty clear P.A.sound,
Patricias bass was punchy for a change,and Pinch was on form as ever.The
new songs sound better each time I hear them,lets hope they get them out
on CD soon.
Captain went through his usual repertoire
of Phil Collins,Boyzone and Backstreet Boys jokes,which I think are wearing
a bit thin now.
Towards the end of the set I desperately
had to go to the little boys room,which of course was at the furthest end
of the room from the stage,and it took a whole song to get there! Almost
at the end of the gig now,it wasn't worth fighting back through just to
see them wave goodnight,so i called it a night.Still worth the trip though,as
ever,and waiting for the next one.
Set List:(I think!)
Wait for the Blackout
I just Can't Be Happy Today
Shadow of Love
Lookin at You
Plan 9 Channel 7
Neat Neat Neat
Smash It Up