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OK, looking back at last night, let’s concentrate on the positives.

First the bands – as well as being brilliant acts both Tuff Love and Bruising were an absolute joy to deal with.

Tuff Love seem to get better every time I see them and last night was no exception. Mixing up recorded tracks from the E.P.s and split single with just as good new songs, they demonstrated just how much terrific material they have and sounded tremendous.

Arms politely twisted to do an encore they played another new song ‘Duke’ which already sounds like it’s going to be a set highlight for the foreseeable future. In fact after the show Suse did promise an album before too long – can’t wait!

Sometimes you hear a couple of songs from a band which sound great but when you see them live – that’s all they’ve got. That emphatically wasn’t the case with Bruising who were everything I could have hoped for on the basis of songs like ‘Can’t You Feel’ and ‘Talk About Death’.

They performed a really strong set to back up the handful of tunes that they’ve released so far and they’re amazingly well behaved house guests as well!

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A big thank you to Andy for stepping in to open the show at very short notice – A Hooker Without Jesus indeed. It wasn’t at all surprising that the Hookers for Jesus material worked so well as spoken word but in amongst everything else it said a lot for Andy that he pulled it off given that it was probably extra stress that he could have done without.

That the bands sounded so good was entirely due to the efforts of Scotty Russell who did a fantastic job with the sound and played a huge part in making the evening such a musical success. Thanks, Scotty.

Thanks also to Alan Wilson for his help in getting another impressive slot in the Courier for the Tuff Love interview last week.

Thanks to Mrs MPT for the “Manic Pop Catering” which was appreciated by everyone and to the staff at Drouthy’s too for letting us run the show.

Finally, a big, heartfelt, thanks to our small but perfectly formed and extremely appreciative audience. Turn-outs like that can be quite disheartening but the fact that everyone there enjoyed themselves did help ease the pain.

You’ve got one last chance to catch Tuff Love and Bruising tomorrow night (Saturday 30th) at the Lemon Tree in Aberdeen where they’re joined by Miaoux Miaoux. That’s a seriously impressive bill.

Here’s the MPT element of last night’s playlist (pre-bands):

Lioness – Blood Indians
Frack – STOOR
Safari – Breeders
Here Is Too Near – Book Group
National Sunday Law – The Paranoid Style
Jumpers – Sleater-Kinney
Drive Blind – Ride
Under A Rock –Waxahatchee
Horsehoe – Withered Hand
Blue Line – Let’s Active
Eyes So Bright – Cate Le Bon
Split Your Ends – Wire
Bright Yellow Gun – Throwing Muses
Felxi Baumgartner – Memory Man
Actor Out of Work – St Vincent
Atheist Money – Adam Stafford
Dust In The Gold Sack – Swearin’
Hard Light – Band of Susans
In My Head – Vladimir
Girls Like US – PINS

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