Saturday, April 22, 2006

The Cardigans at Shepherds Bush Empire

Okay, I probably shouldn't have been gigging around London in my condition, but not even the deadly space virus (suspected glandular fever) was going to stop me seeing The Cardigans this time. Support came from the eccentric Florian Horwath who walked amongst the audience clapping loudly to himself before ambling on stage. With a couple of backing musicians either side (who he introduced as "Mum and Dad"!), he launched into his slo-fi melodies / guitar rock-outs with some fine melodica playing to accompany him. In short, it was like watching Dom's band, Good Morning Captain... if they were Swedish. The Cardigans were much more businesslike, giving a polished 90 minute set which included two encores. Much of the set comprised songs from Super Extra Gravity and Long Gone Before Daylight as expected, plus a handful of tracks from Gran Turismo. There was no room for the likes of Lovefool, but to be honest it wasn't missed - the harder, rockier sound suits the band much better these days and their most recent albums are definitely their strongest work. A good solid gig - I just wish I'd felt like getting into the crowd a bit more, rather than staying back by the mixing desk all evening.

The Cardigans set list in full:
  • Drip Drop Teardrop
  • You're The Storm
  • Little Black Cloud
  • Don't Blame Your Daughter (Diamonds)
  • For What It's Worth
  • Live And Learn
  • A Good Horse
  • And Then You Kissed Me
  • And Then You Kissed Me II
  • Paralyzed
  • Erase/Rewind
  • Hanging Around
  • Holy Love
  • I Need Some Fine Wine And You, You Need To Be Nicer
  • Good Morning Joan
  • Losing A Friend
  • Godspell
  • My Favourite Game
  • Communication

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