Cock Sparrer/The Bar Stool Preachers/Foreign Legion – Cardiff, The Globe – 1 September 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Saturday, 09 September 2017 04:30

Who'd have seen it coming? About six months ago, the Sparrer announced that they had a new album in the pipeline and then they were going to play a selected few dates around the UK club circuit.  After rubbing my eyes that Cardiff had been added to this exclusive list of shows, the tickets were snapped up pronto…

 

The Friday night dust up was upon us. Localish gents Foreign Legion were lucky enough to pull in the support slot for tonight's shindig. I must say, also with a new album on the way, Marcus and co turned in a really impressive, tight set: through all of the times I've caught them live, this was their best performance; with old and new songs on show they did themselves proud and got a great reception from the people in attendance.

 

Bar Stool Preachers - Cardiff

 

Next up were the ever impressive The Bar Stool Preachers, on their second visit across the bridge onto Welsh soil in a year - and boy have they grown in stature and confidence (not that they were lacking in the first place).  From the minute they hit the stage ‘til the final sing along of 'Bar Stool Preacher', they had the audience in the palm of their hand.  Tom is a fine frontman and has a great voice, but his personality and energy is infectious, and all around the venue, from the stalls to the balcony, the place is jumping and hopping with every beat and skank.  Coming off the back of some incredible shows on the continent with Die Toten Hosen, these boys might as well have been playing a stadium, because they give every ounce whilst they're on stage regardless of the venue size. Boy, are they tight tonight - and if Cock Sparrer wanted someone to go toe to toe with, the Bar Stool Preachers were gonna give ‘em a bloody good run for their money.  

 

They really hit their stride by the time 'One Fool Down' blasted out of the speakers, and those who hadn't already jumped on board with what these boys are about couldn't have failed to have been mightily impressed with the band.  With work already begun on their new album, we were treated to old and new tunes during their way too short set.  It can only be a matter of time before these boys are themselves headlining venues this size and packing them out the length and breadth of this island.  As good a support band as you'll see anywhere. The world is their oyster and its always a pleasure, never a chore, to be entertained by them… superb!

 

The heat in the venue is incredible and the dance floor is a heaving sweaty mess of bodies waiting for the headliners to take the stage. They duly oblige, and within a few brief moments the whole place is one heaving mass as Cock Sparrer deliver a set of old and new classics that included a decent sprinkling from 'Shock Troops’.  But, it was the seamless inclusion of the songs from 'Forever' that were as impressive: 'Contender' sounded like it had always been in the set and several hundred punters packed into the tiny venue sang back every word. 

 

Cock Sparrer - Cardiff

 

It had been quite a few years between visits to South Wales and the band looked genuinely humbled by the reception they got. Songs like 'Working' and 'We're Coming Back' sounded superb. By the time they reached 'England Belongs To Me' - Colin explained that there was nothing racist or xenophobic about the lyrics and he wanted the audience to sing 'Wales Belongs To Me' or 'England' and take it as a celebration and nothing more - it didn't matter to the vast majority of this audience, because they were here to watch the triumphant return to Welsh soil of one of the finest punk or Oi! bands to cut a record ever!  The band looked like they were having a blast and, if I might be so bold, sounded better than ever.  Colin's voice sounds stronger and the new songs really did stand up in the superb repertoire of tunes on show. I think I can speak for the majority here when I say we certainly had a blast. 

 

If you get the chance to attend one of these shows in small clubs then I suggest you grab it with both hands and enjoy yourself as much as you can, because I will stake my reputation right here, right now, that you won't be disappointed. You might leave a few pounds lighter if they are as hot as the Cardiff show!  Simply stunning: can we do this again sometime soon, please? And not in another 40-odd years?

 

PHOTO CREDIT: Photos courtesy of Johnny H-Bomb.

 

  • Check back tomorrow for Nev Brooks' exclusive in-depth chat with Colin and TJ McFaul.

 

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