08.06.2012 Jim Bob, S*M*A*S*H, Midway Still - Esquires, Bedford
Despite being about 80 miles away from home, this was a line up I felt I couldn't miss. Jim Bob - Carter USM front man - supported by fellow 90s icons S*M*A*S*H and Midway Still.
Midway Still were on first at around 8.30pm. Like their fellow support band S*M*A*S*H they got a generous slot, maybe 40-45 minutes worth. A lot of the songs were from the last two albums, Note To Self (2010) and Always Ends (released this week) which suited me fine as they're the band's best work in my opinion. It would be good one day to hear them play Wish again though, a song that was maybe their first single but is sadly lacking from their setlists these days.
Only the second time I have seen them live after catching them at the Portland Arms in Cambridge in March 2007. There's no website for the band, no fansites either now, so you need to keep your ear to the ground to see what they're up to.
I still rate the band's self-titled debut mini album from 1994 as an almost perfect selection of songs for an EP and I think all of them got an airing in their set including these two.
Jim did a reading from his new book, Driving Jarvis Ham, which I have
yet to buy now bought. He also played a very generous number of old Carter USM songs along with a couple of solo ones and a few from his first post-Carter outing, Jim's Super Stereoworld, of which Salv, S*M*A*S*H's bass player, was also a member.
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I think I'm meant to do an "About" here but I think you'd be more interested in seeing a random seagull.