Saturday saw a trek down to Brixton for the now annual Carter USM reformation gigs. Well annual for everyone but me as I missed the last 2 by double booking myself (Drop Dead in Prague and Carcass at Damnation respectively), so as it’s 12.5 years since I saw them last (Rock city, May 2007) I was determined to make this one.
After the customary pint in the Beehive head across to the Academy. Very busy getting in, but the merch stall was nice and quick so replaced some t-shirts with some newer less stained versions and headed into the main hall. Very full, but thankfully there was still a reasonable amount of space to stand around to chat and drink.
The chants of You Fat Bastard started up the minute Jon Beast was spotted. He appeared to be wearing underwear and bubblewrap, but thankfully from my view point I can’t confirm if the underwear was there or not:).
Setlist for this was nice and easy. Play all of 30 Something, and then 101 Damnations, then finish with a couple of single tracks and some covers.
Sound was great throughout. The passion and performance came piling off the stage. The Audience were all well up for it, decent sized outbreak of pogoing at the front, and the anti crowd-surfing posters the the front were just a joke :). Every word has someone singing along, even the samples got a good shouting out. Despite the lack of baggy shorts I felt 15 again.
Closing with Rent just reminded me that Carter and the Pet Shop boys are both ‘2 blokes with a drum machine’, the difference being that Carter went to the pub and got a sense of humour.
Hopefully the threats that that might have been the last ever show turn out to be just empty ones. not a band I want to reform, but I sure like the option to see them now and again.