Coventry Central Library
14th April 2018
Coventry’s central library building has a musical history, from Chuck Berry recording there to the Specials triumphing in front of home crowds it’s had its share of history. But to read that one of the most exciting bands I’d found last year was to play there as part of their tour was a bit of a What the hell! moment. There was no way Fighting Boredom was going to miss this one. As the band say, ALL IS LOVE.
There’s a massive lunatic contingent in front of the tiny stage going absolutely ballistic. There are people scattered around them leaning on book cases and feeling the immense energy pounding into their skulls. Next to me is a sweat sodden fellow with a guitar trailing a lead over and around the people offering to find books for the rest of the band onstage, Mills and Boon is mentioned with a huge grin.
Then there’s the music. Short, razor sharp and focused to the point of dissapearing. There are new songs but most of this comes from Brutalism which I and most of my neighbours are listening to at this moment of writing. A couple of new songs which if I could read my notes I would be able to name. But darkness and barely contained adrenaline make for bad handwriting.
They go into Mother and the crowd are killing each other, screaming at the band and blowing up. The singer nods in approval and they go again. I’ve not seen a band like this for a while. I’ve not seen something that is either going to blow up or implode, there’s that much at stake here, I know what my money’s on
All words by Adrian Bloxham. All pictures by Martin Ward