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Shouldn’t really review our own gig, but I’m pretty safe in the knowledge that most folk there last night are going to agree with me. So what the hell.

The Strangers Almanac are in gorgeous, acoustic mode and their tales of world travel (with the odd spaceship thrown in) are the perfect way to open the show. A respectful audience pay close attention.

Next up the debut performance from Martin John Henry and band. It’s quite different from the LP, much rawer with louder guitars and less electronics. But, despite some nervousness on the part of the band before the show, it’s bloody marvellous all the same. Even though there can’t be many people who have heard many of the songs, the crowd reaction is extremely positive.

Man Without Machines are next, restored to a four piece. The added bass and synths just make their catchy electro pop, well, MORE. In a very good way. Really looking forward to the LP next year. As it appears are last night’s audience, at least on the strength of their reaction!

Finally, FOUND. The supports set a very high standard for them to match but they do so by simply being awesome. It’s the first time I’ve heard the songs since the LP came out and live they sound wonderful, fleshed out even. Quite how the three of them create such a glorious noise is a matter for debate but the performance illustrates just how good the songs are.

Other than the ‘factorycraft’ material, there’s a nice Cate le Bon cover and a fairly freaky ‘Let Fidelity Break’. Brilliant stuff and the audience reaction can be guaged by the fact that they play an encore.

Some other reflections – Dexter’s is without doubt the best venue with the best sound in Dundee. No competition.

The turn-out though was disappointing. It was probably the best bill MPT has been involved with, we had a  headliner with a reasonable profile, we pretty much did as much as we reasonably could with great support from the Courier and the Skinny. Yet the masses resolutely refused to come through the door.

Martin John Henry Setlist

1. First Light  2. Span  3. New Maps  4. I Love Map  5. Ribbon on a Bough  6. Seventh Song  7. There’s A Phantom Hiding In My Loft

FOUND Setlist

1. I’ll Wake With A Seismic Head No More  2. Eyes So Bright (Cate Le Bon cover)  3. You’re No Vincent Gallo  4. Machine Age Dancing  5. Anti-CLimb Paint   6. Every Hour That Passes  7. Johnny, I Can’t Walk The Line  8. Blackette  9. Let Fidelity Break  10. Lowlandless

Encore

11. Shallow

Photos from last night. And some better ones!

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