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Fan Club February Review

Fan Club kick off February with their Galentine’s Day spectacular featuring live music from Before Breakfast and Crumbs.

For those not familiar with the US sitcom Parks and Recreation, Galentine’s Day is described by the character Leslie Knope, played by Amy Poehler, as,“Oh, it’s only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas.”

Rather than frittatas, Fan Club have that talented lot from the Secret Pizza Company providing French toast and with the audience snacked up, Before Breakfast, a four-piece from Sheffield kick off the live music. It’s their first time in Nottingham and they’ve just come from a workshop, leading a group of kids playing their songs. With their amazing harmonies and mournful cello, their beautifully melodic songs would be the perfect band to soundtrack a major motion picture. Highlight of the set is Sticky Sweet, the title track from their recent EP.

Before Breakfast

Before Breakfast

Crumbs, also from Yorkshire, are more of a rocking live band and, despite the singer and the bassist having sore throats, they put on a really great set. Stockport Syndrome is a short number, reminiscent of Joan Jett & The Blackhearts and there is also a great cover of Too Many Creeps by Bush Tetras. It’s also interesting to see a band where the drummer is cymbal-less apart from the hi-hat. My favourite track is penultimate song Wanted To Believe, a brilliant slice of garage punk.

Crumbs

Crumbs

So, another fun night at Fan Club, whose tag-line could be, paraphrasing Leslie Knope, “Everyone celebrating ladies (and then spending the next week finding glitter everywhere!)”

Keep up to date with Fan Club and their upcoming events through their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/fanclubnotts/

Reviewer: Gav Squires
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