Seemingly full of Cardiff’s chattering class as that’s exactly what most of the audience seemed to be intent on doing during the majority of the evening. This was a five band bill but we were too late for the first and had to run for a train before seeing the last two... What we did see was the rather bizarre Strange Pains. Looking like escapees from a local lunatic asylum these noisy chaps forged a sound and image somewhere between goth and oi! The Bela Lugosi film played behind them took our interest more as the set progressed so we can’t say they were our cup of tea at all. Someone must love them and their website looks pretty swish www.strangepains.com
Next up were the mighty Lone Pine. The audience turned their own volume control to 11 while the band played one of the finest sets we’d seen them do in a while. Concentrating on the shorter numbers than on some of their more recent outings. Despite Dan’s plea to “stop shouting while I’m playing” a gang of girlies strangely insisted on calling for “My Sharona” at every opportunity while the boys ripped through “Come Around”, “Hold On”, “It Wasn’t Very Kind” and ending a blinding version of “Good for Nothing”. Get audio clips and news at: www.lone-pine.co.uk
This Saturday the bands seemed to be viewed by most of the crowd as interrupting a clique social event...and to top it all, I missed the train...