It had been a couple of weeks, somehow, since I had seen a live show. How this was the case, I donít know, but I hadnít seen a gig since a February 7 double shot of Starsailor and Nada Surf, so last nightís exclusive popscene gig with Snow Patrol came just at the right time to fulfill my live music jones. The Northern Irish/Scot guitar warriors have come a long way since their days on Belle & Sebastianís Jeepster Records, and with their major label debut, Final Straw a fixture in my changer since its release last year in the UK, I was quite excited to see how the quartet had changed since I saw them in London in April 2000. One thing hadnít changed: they were still excellent live.
330 Ritch Street, the home of popscene, was fairly packed when Gary Lightbody and the boys hit the stage, augmented live by a sample/keyboard player. They immediately kicked off into ìWowî off the aforementioned record, out March 30 in the US. Of the 11-song, 45-minute set, the majority of the material was culled from the new record and the unsuspecting crowd lapped it up like hungry kittens. The band was on fine form and seemed genuinely happy to be sharing their new album with a new audience. As with the album versions, the finest songs on the night were ìSpitting Games,î and ìRun.î Sadly, there was no rendition of 1998ís wondrous ìStarfighter Pilot,î but as the quintet rocked their final song of the night, the instrumental ìPost Punk Progressionî there wasn't a disappointed head in the house. An excellent gig had just been witnessed, and hopefully much more US success is due Snow Patrol.