Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
23 September 2012
Brudenell Social Club – not what you’d think.
No bingo or politically incorrect comedian; instead a comfortable spacious room on two levels, twinkly lights; an audience sporting t-shirts of Joy Division, Cud and Olympic cycling, probably no walks of shame in the morning.
The two supports, Ryan Spendlove and This Ground Moves held their own and their enjoyment of their performances added to the excitement of what was to come.
Ian McCulloch and Ian Broudie took to the stage, both dressed in casual “off to t’pub”Â clothing and tinted glasses. Ian’s voice still that mixture of cream, chocolate and gravel. He demanded silence and got it.
He happily took us through well known sing-a-long and “better to just listen”Â songs of his collection.
Singing Rust with one of the crowd, her church like crooning blended beautifully with Ian’s, like they were at a family gathering and had sung many times before.
Everyone singing along with his songs, Ian beamed and joked his way through the evening, having his glass of red wine replenished every so often and his plectrum retrieved from the stage; Ian,“you should never be seen picking things up from the floor, unless its your clothes from the night before”Â.
Don’t think the room’s singers will make any kind of Gareth Malone choir documentary, but if passion and heart-felt affection could be bottled and sold, Ian would’ve made a tidy penny tonight.
Do It Clean
Stars are Stars
Idelness of gods
Bedbugs and Ballyhoo
Nothing Lasts Forever ”â Walk on The Wild Side – Midnight Hour-
I’m Waiting For The Man
Lips Like Sugar
All words, video and images by Elspeth Moore. You can find more from Elspeth on LTW here.
We also reviewed Ian McCulloch’s gig in Manchester last week. You can read Steve Kelly’s review here.