Sunday, October 19, 2014

Gig Review: The Selecter at Bodega, Wellington, 10 October 2014

I went to see The Selecter at Bodega in Wellington last weekend, and while it won’t rate as the best gig I’ve seen all year, it was certainly one to help restore my otherwise ragged faith in the concept of the "nostalgia circuit".

Fronted by originals Pauline Black and Arthur 'Gaps' Hendrickson, The Selecter offered the not-quite-sold-out venue a highly polished performance; the band was professional, tight, and as sharp as ever. There were new (ish) songs near the end, but for the most part the gig was all about giving the punters exactly what they came to see – old stuff from the Too Much Pressure album, and other tunes from the band's 1979-1981 pomp.

And so we took a trip back in time, from ‘Three Minute Hero’ second song in, to ‘Missing Words’, ‘Black and Blue’, ‘Celebrate the Bullet’, a superb ‘Train To Skaville’ cover, plus many others, right on through to stand-outs ‘James Bond’ and ‘On My Radio’, which closed the set after more than an hour of whirlwind energy. We then got another 20 minutes in the form of an encore, which included ‘Too Much Pressure’, the ubiquitous title track from the album we were there to celebrate the 35th anniversary of.

Pretty darned impressive, recommended even.

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