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As Crowded House said on more than one occasion "Everywhere you go, you always take the weather with you" and I certainly do as the slight drizzle that's coming down in York as I leave is a massive storm with new rivers and lakes forming by the time I get to Sheffield where I am stopping with my sister-in-law and her partner and their two daft as brushes dogs, Diggle and Buffy.
I take the yellow tram into town and walk the rest of the way along Arundel Gate towards Bramall Lane, home of the team of my very much missed mate Foz, who would love tonight's gig and space at Hatch. The venue is in a row of terraced houses and is not very obvious where it is, but I arrive just in time for the latest downpour and the hosts, Sarah and Chris from ace Sheff wonkypop band Duck arrive in perfect time.
Inside is some nice mingling space and the venue part is small, compact and probably fits about 40 in comfortably and the PA is decent, so I should be able to get a powerful level of noise from my minimal kit.
By the time Harlot take to the stage, the place is packed out, which given the shittiness of the weather outside (I have not missed northern English pissy autumn days one little bit!!) is great to see. They are 3 teenagers, punky, Sonic Youth-y, Riot Grrrrl-y and a great crash bang whallop start to the night, with every song being about dickheads. Loads of fun!
Legion of Swine is the filling in this Sheff butty tonight and armed with some very nice help from Chris on the desk, I make a very very loud and harsh noise set, with some really good glitching and some football interviews somehow making their way into the set. After the set I talk to folk, including a lad born in Malmö and also meet a guitarist from the headliners whose family lives in southern Sweden. The drummer from Harlot is also learning Norwegian, so I feel very much at home in my mini-Scand night out :-).
Headliners Dearthworms are a really interesting act, mixing post- and punk rock guitaring, p-funk bass action and synth driven geekpunk vocals, back by fine stickwork - bloody great and dead dead dead ace.