Polar Bear Club @ Birmingham Academy 27/05/09

polar bear clubSupport: Defeater, Ruiner

Despite a well received support slot with The Gaslight Anthem earlier this year, and an appearance at Leeds’ Slam Dunk Festival last weekend, surprisingly tonight in Birmingham there’s a poor turnout of no more than a 100 gathered for this headline outing.

Disappointment aside, after Defeater and Ruiner delivered their own brands of hardcore / melodic hardcore respectively, Polar Bear Club took to the stage in somewhat ordinary fashion, with frontman Jimmy Stadt sombrely announcing that due to their drummer suffering a wrist injury, tonight’s set would be shorter than usual; with two replacements doing their best to fill in. First to take the sticks was Defeater’s drummer, helping the band rampage through the best of album ‘Sometimes Things Just Disappear’, including ‘Hollow Place’ and ‘Bug Parade’. So far so good, with the band clearly not suffering too much from the unplanned absence. Next up, PBC’s roadie joined the band for a four song run of tracks from ‘The Redder, The Better’ EP, climaxing with show stealer ‘Most Miserable Life’.

All in all, an unusual gig salvaged by both the immense efforts of both replacement drummers (who had only the day to learn four songs each) and on the part of the band for picking the perfect streamlined set. Whilst it may not have been the gig the few in attendance were expecting, despite the shortened set, it may ironically prove to be more memorable in time. Lesser bands would have cancelled.

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