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Neon Waltz / Man Without Machines / Luna Webster / Hookers for Jesus – The Cool Cat Club, Beat Generator Live, Dundee – Saturday 3rd May 2014

Some belated thoughts on last weekend’s Cool Cat Club show.

Headliners Neon Waltz were a new name to me but I liked what I heard even if their set was very short and didn’t even stretch to  half an hour.

The Bunnymen and British Sea Power were references flagged up to me beforehand and whilst I couldn’t detect any of the former the latter certainly isn’t far off beam at all.

There’s a certain epic feel to the songs with some nice twists and turns so I’m definitely be interested in hearing more.

Man Without Machines played the loudest set I’ve seen them play in marked contrast to the slightly too quiet Grand Gestures support.

That was in large part due to the prominence of Adam’s guitar with the keyboard melodies occasionally being lost in the mix as on ‘Something’s Happening Here (which also featured an unofficial extended 12” intro).

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There’s a few other wee changes most notably during ‘We Talk’ when Adam ditches the guitar to concentrate on just singing and .. dancing.

But the show absolutely confirmed why Man Without Machines are Cool Cat Club regulars – they’re simply a great live band with fantastic tunes.

Hookers for Jesus opened the show and it was the first time I’d seen them in ages.

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There were a few changes on display here as well. A new tune, a Tim Buckley cover and ‘Promised Me Dots’ as opening tunes constituted a dramatic shift in tone to a lighter more accessible approach. And as a demonstration of their versatility it’s unparalleled.

The darkness however returned with a vengeance for ‘Cabaret Song’ and a cover of the Angelo Badalamenti ‘Fire Walk With Me’ tune ‘Black Dog Runs At Night’ which combined made for a blistering conclusion.

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Caught between the Hookers and the Machines made for a tough slot for Luna Webster. Armed only with her guitar and her tunes she stood her ground, even in the face of a slightly less than respectful section of the audience.

All in all then, another good evening with a couple of old favourites on cracking form and, as is so often the case at the Cool Cat Club, a promising new discovery.

Next on the Cool Cat Club – the long overdue return of Book Group to Dundee with support from STOOR, Cancel The Astronauts and Marley Davidson – Saturday 24th May 2014 – 7.30 p.m. – Beat Generator Live, Dundee

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