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    Day four: Brand New roadtrip 2009 – Birmingham

    After very little sleep we leave Liverpool, where we stayed at Jo’s. We pick Jamie up and head home to Brum. It’s midway through and the lack of sleep, irratic eating kinda made today a bit of a quiet one. Well, until we braved the monsoon part two and headed for the Windsor in B’ham city centre for drinks and the only meal of the day.

    As expected, we lose half the group before Moneen come on stage. Tonight they’re as good as Glasgow and the lead singer is chatty and full of praise for M&S food range for vegetarians. They’re definitely a great addition to the tour and I’ve really enjoyed seeing them each night.

    Kevin Devine starts with Ballgame, played on acoustic, which just highlights the noisy chatting from the crowd. However once the band is taken on stage the audience seem to pay attention. Once again he is great.

    The failings of Birmingham academy as a venue are illustrated well tonight. It’s impossibly hot and uncomfortable in the venue and this is amplified significantly at the front, with wasted space at the back between the bars forcing the audience to pack in closer.

    That dosent stop the crowd going crazy for Shower Scene and Quiet Things. The set is much the same as the last two nights, with the exceptions of an Archers of Loaf cover and Welcome to Bangok replaced by a stunning version of SoCo Anaretto Lime.

    The club night after seems a little odd-whilst the music is good there seems to be very few people there. But nevertheless a good time is had by all and a rowsing sing-a-long to Jude Law proves a small but enthusiastic group can make a lot of noise.

    It’s nice to sleep in my own bed, but we didn’t manage to get back until the small hours and making sure everyone was where they should be takes time. We also bid goodbye to Connor and Shane, who unexpectedly made it this far, but London was just too expensive.

    *This was originally posted on my old blog BeanHeartBatman*

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    Brand New Birmingham setlist – 26/06/09

    Brand New’s set-list from the Birmingham o2 Academy.

    1. The Shower Scene.
    2. The Quiet Things.
    3. The No Seatbelt Song.
    4. Sic Transit Gloria.
    5. Okay I Believe You.
    6. Jaws Theme Swimming.
    7. Web in Front (Archers of Loaf cover)
    8. Play Crack the Sky.
    9. Gasoline.
    10. Sowing Season.
    11. Millstone.
    12. Archers.
    13. Jesus Christ.
    14. Luca.
    15. Bride.
    16. Degausser.
    17. You Won’t Know.
    18. Soco Amaretto Lime.

    *This was originally posted on my old blog BeanHeartBatman*

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    Day three: Brand New roadtrip 2009 – Manchester pt2

    Today should technically be a day off as Brand New aren’t playing tonight. But Kevin Devine is. In Manchester. So we head back to from whence we came.

    I’ve been left in charge of the iPod and a veritable assortment of music is played, including Boys II Men, and animal spotting (sheep races!) keeps those of us in the car happy. We also have the first healthy meal of the tour (no packed lunches for us).

    In Manchester we find the others and head for a park. Kevin is supposed to sound check at 6. A variety of circumstances stopped this happening, and us watching, so frisbee in the park and hit-and-miss burgers from McTucky’s put us in good stead for Lost on Campus and the main act.

    Lost on Campus, aka Rob, in tow with his mum and a MacBook is a great support act. He plays a series of quintessentially British songs, which sound good even from the toilets.

    Kevin is brilliant, but that’s no surprise. He actively seeks out requests and updates older songs to mirror current events – No Time Flat is updated to include current American politics, keeping the song fresh and relevant.

    Banter is aplenty, with talk of pasta (penne), pastors, fishsticks and transformers. It feels more like watching a jamming session with a friend rather than a show and this has got to be a big draw to Kevin’s shows – he’s a really nice guy.

    With everyones requests played and some songs from the new album we’re all happy and off to Liverpool before heading off to Birmingham tomorrow.

    *This was originally posted on my old blog BeanHeartBatman*

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    Brand New Glasgow setlist – 24/06/09

    Bit of a collaborative effort in compiling Brand New’s Glasgow set list – mainly Ross, using Craig’s list from last night. Laura typed. Louise checked. Jamie had the final say.

    1.The Shower Scene.
    2.The Quiet Things.
    3.The No Seatbelt Song.
    4.Sic Transit Gloria.
    5.Okay I Believe You.
    6.Jaws Theme Swimming.
    7.Play Crack the Sky.
    8.Gasoline.
    9.Sowing Season.
    10.Millstone.
    11.Archers.
    12.Jesus Christ.
    13.Luca.
    14.Bride.
    15.Degausser.
    16.You Won’t Know.
    17.Mixtape
    18.70×7
    19.Welcome to Bangkok.

    *This was originally posted on my old blog BeanHeartBatman*

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    Day two: Brand New roadtrip 2009 – Glasgow

    Manchester is warm and sunny after yesterday’s downpour. We’ve slept, showered and eaten, care of the Sandown Hotel, and after dropping Jen off we’re making our way to Glasgow for show #2. A quick stop at a service station allows Kam and Louise to eat the same meals again and stock up on roadtrip-mandatory Haribo.

    Roughly four hours (and two stops) from Manchester we arrive in the reassuringly identikit Travelodge. Nandos has been spotted and earmarked for dinner, so we’ve four hours to kill. A wander round Glasgow gives us a chance to see some of the beautiful architecture, stop for a drink and try on tiaras in Claire’s, but sadly not much else.

    Moneen manage to be even more enthusiastic than last night – which in itself is bloody impressive. They mix up the set and banter with the audience in a way none of the bands managed yesterday. And they seem to have fans here too.

    Actually everyone seems more keen – all three bands and the fans. It’s a marked improvement on yesterday. And that’s an understatement. Kevin Devine tacks on Ballgame to the end of his set and plays it beautifully. But the biggest shock is the main band themselves. Brand New play Mixtape, which is almost unheard of in the UK, and 70×7, which no one expected on this tour. There’s no other way to describe it other than immense. Even the security people at the front of the stage couldn’t help smiling at the fans reaction to Mixtape – it was infectious.

    Tonight was beyond a doubt the highlight of the two shows so far with old gems making an appearance and lead singer Jesse Lacey actually interacting with the crowd. It seems hard to explain tonight as anything other than immense and awesome.

    Tomorrow sees us back to Manchester for Kevin Devine’s headline show at the Retrobar. It’s unlikely have the intense reaction from the crowd as tonight, but here’s hoping.

    *This was originally posted on my old blog BeanHeartBatman*

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    Brand New Manchester setlist – 23/06/09

    The BNUKST blog has been set up by Jamie, the street team leader, which we’ve all been blogging to. Craig posted the set-list from last night’s gig in Manchester, which is below.

    1.The Shower Scene.
    2.The Quiet Things.
    3.The No Seatbelt Song.
    4.Sic Transit Gloria.
    5.Okay I Believe You.
    6.Jaws Theme Swimming.
    7.Play Crack the Sky.
    8.Gasoline.
    9.Sowing Season.
    10.Archers.
    11.Jesus Christ.
    12.Luca.
    13.Bride.
    14.Degausser.
    15.You Won’t Know.
    16.Welcome to Bangkok.

    *This was originally posted on my old blog BeanHeartBatman*