Played in London in a small venue like The Water Rats, the show felt like the sort of hot sweaty affair you wish you’d been able to attend as a teenager in the 70s and 80s when gigs were all about bands that put in hard graft with the desire to succeed and make something of themselves.
To call it the classic line up does The Wildhearts an injustice as one of the ‘classic’ line ups saw Scott Sorry on bass, delivering the last studio album the band produced to great critical acclaim.
“We needed to use every part of our fucking bodies to make this work, if it’s there a spare appendage, I’m sure if we had got more rehearsal we would have been beating stuff with our dicks to get extra sounds out”
Chris Catalyst is certainly a busy man. Sunday night saw him perform a solo acoustic set at The Borderline, rapidly followed by a set with C.J. Wildheart at the same gig. Then a mere three days later, here he is again, playing alongside a host of familiar faces and special guests, celebrating the 50th birthday of one of Britain’s greatest singer songwriters, Ginger Wildheart!
You know I love small venues. I love festivals as well but I love small venues because that’s the way we started. People nowadays start on television in a competition and by the time they get down to a 2,000 capacity venue, they’re thinking of retiring because its not big enough for them