Having seen The Long Winters lead singer John Roderick do a solo show in Newport last year we knew we would be in for a treat with the full band and how right we were. From opener Seven the band formed a close liaison with the audience on Valentines night. Taking requests instead of having a set list saw just about everyone hear their favourite Long Winters tune - Carparts, Teaspoon, Cinnamon, Rich Wife, Shapes, Blue Diamonds and Commander all got an airing.
Playing a blues jam mid-set for the sad member of the crowd with no Valentines, John and the boys showed they are serious challengers to the US pop-rock crown currently being worn by The Shins. With new CD Putting The Days to Bed played almost in its entirety they could not even be put off by a 20 stone inebriated student attempting to cartwheel as his way of dancing with hilarious and inevitable consequences..
Top songs played by a top band in a tiny venue was a night not to be missed. Another coup for the gatherinsong crew. Have a look to see how Seven was played on the night:www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEirDMhektM