The gig at Concorde2 was The Magic Numbers' turn to headline, and a good job too, as one of HAL's number became a daddy on Monday night forcing the band into a more stripped-down acoustic set. A short 30 minute set was a very pleasant way to start the night and Londonist was surprised to see Romeo, the romantically-monikered front man of The Magic Numbers standing next to us at the end of HAL's set. We were even more surprised to see how short he was. Not that it makes a jot of difference to the quality of his brilliant music.
Last night was far more satisfactory than the Bush Hall gig. The Numbers played a storming set and last night saw a rare occurrence: a proper unscheduled encore demanded by the crowd. Highlights of the night for us were: Hymn For Her, Love Me Like You (played a second time for encore purposes), and I See You I See Me. Truly, The Magic Numbers are The Mutt's Nuts, and you are well advised to get tickets for their Forum show on 12th May.
Tracks from a limited tour 7" single featuring HAL's Keep Love As Your Golden Rule and The Magic Numbers' Anima Sola can be streamed from the joint tour site.
Meanwhile, band of the moment Bloc Party have announced a large-scale UK tour to take advantage of the hype machine currently surrounding their every move. The band play Brixton Academy on 27th October. Tickets from the usual suspects.