Gig review: The Twang at Warehouse 23, Wakefield

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IT WAS not the start The Twang wanted as they emerged on stage to an expectant Wakefield crowd.

“Well, this is very professional isn’t it?” said lead singer Phil Etheridge after a technical glitch forced a delay in the start of their set.

No matter.

Five minutes later, and with normal service resumed, the Birmingham indie-rock outfit re-emerged to thunderous applause from their adoring fans.

They proceeded to give a performance which so typified them as a band: raucous, uplifting and generally thoroughly decent value for money.

Among the laddish following which The Twang tend to attract, there were also groups of couples and females, all singing along happily to every song.

There was the periodic chanting of the backing vocals to ‘Wide Awake’, which have followed the band wherever they have performed.

Etheridge and his pals played all their classics, plus more recent stuff from their third studio album, entitled 10:20.

Kicking off with Barney Rubble, The Twang through the band’s back catalogue of fans’ favourites – Either Way, Wide Awake, Two Lovers, plus more recent material from their latest album 10:20.

The crowd lapped it all up adoringly and, while The Twang have struggled to build on their breakthrough of eight or so years ago, their loyal fanbase continues to turn out in force wherever they perform.

Long may it continue.

Paul Draper. Picture: Tom Sheehan

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