MAN MAN (London Cargo, 12/09/11)
Despite the world’s longest and most tiresome soundcheck pushing this performance an hour later than expected, it’s good to see everyone’s favourite vaudeville maniacs back on these shores. The first few songs were a bit underwhelming, mostly due to sub-par mixing but once they got into their stride, they were pretty amazing. Honus Honus seems to be channelling Tom Waits even more these days, and although “Black Mission Goggles” was sadly missed, there’s no beating the beautifully wistful, whisky-soaked singalong of “Van Helsing Boombox”.
(Photo: Rob Hakimian)