Last Sunday's Sunday Times pick of the week for music was Woodpigeon at Westgarth Social Club, Middlesbrough. An odd choice, but the Canadian band are playing a European tour and are appearing on all sorts of Radio sessions along the way. The new(ish) album, Treasury Library Canada, is getting good reviews.
This is prime "I was into them first" territorty, but unfortunately, the band turned up with only five members - two short, compared with the last tour. This left them with a thin sound and although it was a pleasant enough experience, they were sonically trumped by the support act, The Miserable Rich.
One audience member was past himself. He would tell anyone nearby that he "couldn't believe they had The Woodpigeons on in Middlesbrough" and said he had come miles to see them - all the way from Darlington.