ÃÂ THE FLEECE
BRISTOL ââ 17.8.12 ââ
The Fleece ââ and the Seven Stars, a pub next door ââ seemed to be almost hidden away in an alleyway, amongst high rise corporate and commercial buildings near the centre of Bristol.
NMA are pretty much the same. Surrounded by commercial X-Factor pop and mainstream celebrity culture, they’ve remained true to their roots and have maintained the passion and anger that first drew me to them back in 1986.
That was at the Reading Festival and some 170 gigs later, I actually think they’re better than ever before! Older, yes. Wiser, maybeâÂ¦but the undiluted, raw energy on that Reading stage 26 years ago is still clear to see in Justin Sullivan’s eyes and so clear to hear in this roaring warm-up set ahead of their Beautiful Days appearance.
Perhaps the anger and energy remains because life seems to have turned full circle? So many NMA tracks are completely relevant today ââ how many people in this country today are âYoung Gifted and SkintâÂ?!
The set was full of âFamilyâÂ favourites – right from the start, Get Me Out set the scene for what was looking to be a hot, sweaty and intimate affair. There was no let up either, as Wonderful Way To Go, Flying Through The Smoke, Today Is A Good Day, Here Comes The War were all delivered in true NMA style. The pit was on fire!