First up was Byrne who I can only describe as indescribable. Yes, that it, I can't use my usual NME style of describing the as remnants of other bands. They were rocktastic, musical, and just god damn lovely. They really should be at Wembley rather than a tiny club in Cambridge. Great things will come of them, I promise you.
After a brief interlude where Tikka almost bought herself a backing singer job and we realised just how nervous the Broken Family Band were tonght Saloon came on. Now these were a lot more pedestrian much to my embarrasment since I mentioned to the bass and violin player how much I prefered Byrne. Nevermind, she wasn't that good looking anyway. They sound an awful lot like Stereolab.
The Broken Family Band were, as always, fantastic. Not as much banter as usual, but I think it's because they were nervous. Instead of the usual floating backing singer (Mary happened to be in Bulgaria) they had a guy playing the accordion/squeezebox and I have to say it worked rather well, lending a very Cajun sound to the proceedings. I would hope that both accordion and female backing singers become a permanent fixture as this would give them a much needed boost to their sound. Don't tell Tikka though, she has aspirations.
And to top it off, some of us headed to KamBar, which on alternate Saturday nights is indie. T'was rather good and to prove what a small town Cambridge is Mick, the drummer from the Broken Family Band was there, giving the sign of the horns as was strange Forbidden Planet guy.
All in all a fantastic night. Well done Cambridge.