And what songs they are. It’s been easy to forget Dubstar since they fell into inactivity but tonight it’s impossible to ignore that they were frequently brilliant. Their cover of Billy Bragg’s St Swithin’s Day packs a hefty emotional punch and you can feel everyone in the crowd swooning at its beauty, while their biggest hits Not So Manic Now, No More Talk and Stars inspire unlikely dancing and amiable singing. Thrillingly, a trio of strong new songs bode well for the new album – indeed the first, a melancholic track built on a foundation of commanding synths and featuring lyrics about ‘crying in the rain’, is one of the set highlights. A second sounds not unlike Blondie doing an uptempo cover of Madonna’s Crazy For You while the final new number is one of the wistful ballads which Dubstar do so well.
My review of the rather splendid Dubstar gig on Monday.