11 July 2014
Tim Burgess’ band The Charlatans played Leeds Brudenell last Friday. Louder Than War’s Josh Norcliffe was there for us.
Having earned themselves the tagline of ‘Britain’s most indestructible band’, rock heroes the Charlatans make their live return at arguably the north of England’s finest small venue, the Brudenell Social Club, Leeds.
Accompanied by the Wigan Young Souls, who spun timeless northern soul records, The Charlatans played to just 300 or so lucky fans, some of whom had travelled from as far away as Inverness and London.
Tim Burgess and co. kicked off in emphatic style with singles You Cross My Path, Then and Oh Vanity. The Brudenell quickly became tremendously hot, but it didn’t affect the northern crowd who were buoyant throughout. Big hits followed as the Charlatans went about dissecting classic albums Tellin’ Stories and Up To Our Hips through career defining moments such as North Country Boy, Can’t Get Out Of Bed and Just When Your Thinking Things Over.
Bird, Wierdo and Toothache followed before the Northwitch band aired brand-new track Baby Huey which had all the makings of a classic Charlatans tune. Upbeat and classy, Baby Huey is a good reminder of the energy Burgess has for not only older hits but for re-developing the Charlatan’s sound, which is something to be admired.
Although there is surprisingly no room for arguably the Charlatans most well-known song, The Only One I Know, there is room for the bands biggest hit to date, One To Another. It paved way for chants of “there’s only one Tim Burgess” and an encore of How High and standard set-closer Sportston Green.
The Charlatans show no signs of slowing down in a hurry and if tonight was considered practice for the bands bigger gigs at T in The Park and Bennicassim, then the Charlatans still have plenty left to offer.