The Long Blondes, The Faversham, Leeds

The Long Blondes have all the tools in their armoury; elegance, style, and a wealth of songs that make you want to shout, dance, and buy every copy to get them on Top Of the Pops.

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Date: 11 Sep 2005 | By Nick Guy | Rating: 4
The Long Blondes, The Faversham, Leeds

Summer may be getting ready to shut up shop for another year - the mornings are crisper, the nights are drawing in - but that doesn't mean we're ready to give up fighting for those last few rays of sun. So it's befitting that tonight's opening act are the wonderfully joyous summer pop that is The Lodger. It's down to their breathtaking elegance that new song 'Let Her Go' sounds as familiar after two listens as the rest of their set, which incorporates old songs 'Many Thanks For Your Honest Opinion' and next single sides 'Watching' and 'You Got Me Wrong'.

Rumble Strips sound not dissimilar to The Coral, only with added trumpets, without ever becoming 'ska'. Whether this is acceptable use of the instrument is questionable, but tonight it seems to work without the debate detracting from the music.

Headliners The Long Blondes have all the tools in their armoury; elegance, style, and a wealth of songs that make you want to shout, dance, and buy every copy to get them on Top Of the Pops. 'Darts' is a song reminding us that cricket isn't the only sport we now excel at, propelling the game out of the pub and setting the tone for an infectious set. 'Giddy Stratospheres' is as fresh as a year ago while 'Appropriation (By Any Other Name)' bounds along; unfortunately technical difficulties mean the set is cut short, depriving the crowd of next single 'Separated By Motorways', but nevertheless it's really very good - trust us. Just go and buy it when it's released.