"This is like a comedyshow"
MANCHILD LIVE @ the Student Union in Dudley Campus 15th March 2000
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|It's always the second time you see a band when you
notice the details. My first ever Manchild gig was only 3 weeks back at the Imperial
College in London and had completely blown me away back then. Without expecting that much,
I got to see a gig which would stick in my memory. [You can
read about it here.]
This time I have come with a much more critical eye, this time my expectations were huge and I had taken a long coach trip on me, from London to Wolverhampton University's Dudley Campus, just to see this band again which has impressed me so much the first time.
When Manchild go on stage shortly after 10pm they are facing all students sitting nicely on their chairs, watching the stage, wondering whats going to happen now! As heard from students of this Uni, there had been a strong rumour going around that Manchild would be a Metal band, just cause of the look of the posters and the name of the forthcoming album:'Untied States'! ;)
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More and more people start moving and even the people sitting keep staring on stage and clap their hands so nicely that Nathan, the MC, makes a remark: "this is like a comedy show!".
'Let me tell you something' is next and now gets everyone moving again. In fact, Manchild have managed to take all the shyness from the students away now! The collaborations with Andy Cairns and Kelly Jones follow and when they get ready to leave the stage some students are even hammering with some chairs on the ground to get them to come back! And they play another track which makes you wanna have this gig going on forever. But this is the end now and as the band leave the stage, the autographhunters are already behind them!
Next week will show how they manage to play such a big venue as Brixton Academy at the NUS awards 24th March! You know where to find the review! ;)
You can find 2 soundfiles on their website (www.manchild.co.uk) or on the site of their recordlabel (www.indian.co.uk) and you can hear 'Rockin' the Place' played at Liam Howlett's DJ set at Homelands from minute 41-43 in the Real Audio file which you can download in my audio section.