Video Footage from the gig in blue, and here.
Two Feet gigs in a week, at each end of the Bedford to Brighton line. One on a Monday night and other on a Saturday.
I hadn’t planned to be at the gig at Patterns, it just so happens I was due to be in Brighton that weekend and Feet looked the best option for live music that night. Having been bowled over by their performance though at All Points East, I had no reservations about getting tickets for both.
Feet’s set for both gigs took in all of the tracks from their debut album, starting with English Weather. Their set starts at a relatively lively pace, and this is pace is pretty much maintained throughout, until its frantic finale with Petty Thieving and Outer Rim. Those last two tunes absolutely bring the house down, with the predominantly young audience pogoing like mad in the mosh-pit. The crowd were particularly lively in Brighton with it being a Saturday night, but both nights saw that on-stage energy rub off on the audience and it’s fair to say that there was a lot of movement going on.
I’m a big fan of Feet’s album but apart from the last two tracks, highlights for me were Axeman, Ad Blue and a particularly trippy version of What's inside is more than just ham at Brighton. Axeman is elevated from good tune to stonker live, accompanied by some great freaky dancing, Ad Blue gets everyone jumping (and someone produced a kettle for Brighton too!) and ‘What’s inside…’ was just mental.
The amount of energy and enthusiasm this band put into their performance is amazing. Lead vocalist George owns the stage so impressively (even with a sprained ankle at Bedford), coming across like a cross between Mick Jagger, Bez and Ian Curtis, but the rest of the band equally give it their all, bouncing about relentlessly. If you were lucky enough to see Pop Will Eat Itself around the time they released ‘Box Frenzy’ then I’d put that experience on a par with Feet, and I rank those Poppies gigs as some of the best I’ve ever been to.
If you don’t get a chance to see Feet on this current tour, make sure you do when they play next. They are the sort of band that you want to get all your mates to go and see, because you can pretty much guarantee this its going to be a top night.