Saw The Cooper Temple Clause blow Black Rebel Motorcycle Club away, supporting them at the Cambridge Corn Exchange last night.

TCTC may be a bunch of poseurs, but they had variety and imagination on their side. Great bass performance, and slick changes and finishes showed them well rehearsed and experienced on the road. BRMC started promising, with a Dylanesque acoustic plus harmonica opening couple of numbers, building into their heavier vein by the third number, but after that … they were stuck in that groove from the second bar of every number with equally unimaginative staccato back-lighting throughout. Guitarist playing for the sympathy vote with his hand in a plaster-cast didn’t add to the quality either.

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