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Our trip to Camden started off with a disaster. There was bad news linked to van troubles as seems to be the plight of the travelling band but me, Matty, Alex and Tom finally got going – much later than planned but we shook it off and made our way to pick up Kate, Rachel and Sam. But before leaving Sheffield poor Kate got taken ill and Rachel had to carry her home (practically!) which meant we were down to just the five of us. Manager free. So while the cats are away and all that …
We felt a liquid only diet was necessary once we were on the road. Lager, lager, lager. Not for the designated driver of course – Monster, Monster, Monster for Alex. And plenty of Haribo to keep our energy levels up. Rock n roll.

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After two false starts, we were finally on our way. As is tradition, we sang all the way down. Gerry Cinnamon, Led Zep and DMA’S were played loud and as we approached our destination we were ready.
Finally arriving at a buzzing Camden Town, we found ‘The Monarch’ – the journey through London took a while with a few hiccups but we were relieved to arrive in time. Without going in to it too much, let’s just say a four-pint milk carton came in very handy as the lagers went straight through me and Tom. We’ll say no more on the matter.
Quick load in to the Monarch – a cool little place all red velvet, dark wood and chandeliers. The place was already fairly busy as we got our kit inside. ‘Wulfman Fury’ were sound checking and sounding very strong. We were pleased to hear it was a great sound in the venue. Our turn to sound check and we blasted into ‘The Right Thing’. Heads turned and ears pricked up. We were all set to open up for the guys at This Feeling.

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Our set went down a treat – every song was received really well and the response was all we wanted and more. Our brand new track ‘Under My Skin’ gets tighter every time we play it – everyone gave it their all and our new single ‘The Right Thing’ got a great reception and Tom’s voice was on point. Sound engineer did a good job – he was a top bloke.

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We packed up then settled back to listen to ‘Lighthouse’ and proper enjoyed their set. Punchy beats drove and carried their catchy melodies. They’re a great indie-rock band and you can see how hard they work behind the scenes. We got to drink a couple of Red Stripe which was on the rider but gin was two for six quid so we were well happy with that. Wulfman Fury are from our home town and we were looking forward to listening to them. A five-piece like us but they are more garage-rock. Cool sound of synths and really gritty guitar sound. Loved their new single ‘Getaway’.
A few gins later and we had to hit the road. After driving the wrong way up one way streets and crawling through the London traffic, we were back on route and heading for McDarrens! Burgers and Krispy Kremes made the diverted route home slightly easier. We were buzzing all the way home after a great gig. Massive thanks to ‘This Feeling’ for having us!

JORDAN BOOTH/MATTY BREWIN TO KATE O’BRIEN 

PHOTOS: THE ALAN WELLS

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