At the Mansun Convention I’m organising I’ll be performing with my own Mansun tribute act ‘Taxloss Lovers’. We’ve been practicing hard over the last few months, and felt that we wanted to test out the set in front of a live audience.
I booked a night at The Ferret, and we played, supported by a solo set from lead singer Ric Birtill.
Despite the attendance of the stage invading ‘Preston Pete’ (one of Preston’s beloved locals who may as well have stepped out of that ‘Bounce by the Ounce’ video) we played to an otherwise enthusiastic crowd which included some die-hard Mansun fans.
I’ll not post the whole set list here (I want to retain some surprises for Convention ticket holders) though some highlights for me included Shotgun, Being a Girl and Taxloss. I particularly loved playing Taxloss, it’s a song I used to play along with when I was practicing my playing as a 16 year old drummer!
Here’s a video, shot by Mat Birtill, of us performing Wide Open Space at the gig:
We had some great feedback on facebook after the show; Zvilnik‘s Bobby Gormley posted “Just been to see Taxloss Lovers play their Mansun Convention warm up gig. It was phenomenal, so many great Mansun songs that I thought I’d never see played live again. Cheers lads” whilst convention programme editor Kate Ressell posted “Taxloss Lovers were amazing tonight. Couldn’t fault it at all. Well done!”
Keith Roberts (who attended the gig wearing his own home-made Kleptomania T-Shirt) posted this review on the Mansun Convention facebook page:
TAXLO$$ LOVERS warm up gig.
Quick Review (Hopefully)
Its an outsider thing.
Cant make the Convention sadly so I was never going to miss this.
I Haven’t heard Mansun music sung live since I last saw them in 2002.
I only saw them twice and if I knew they would implode I would’ve been there for many many more gigs. Im sure you all agree.
I don’t know any real Mansun fans. It really is an outsider thing and I wasn’t expecting many people.
25-30 people I guess turned up at the Mad Ferret which was just about right.
I never saw anyone in a Mansun T- shirt though which made me feel very geeky considering I was wearing one (which I hand PAINTED!).
To the music…to hear Mansun tracks being played live…
It could never be real bad could it?
To be one of two or three cover acts you gotta do it right.
Did TAXL0$$ LOVERS do it right?
Yes, yes they did.
THEY NAILED IT!!
They were absolutely brilliant.
I was reallt gutted when they finished their set. I really would’ve listened to them all night.
The set list was spot on. Taxloss was a high(er) point.
Steven Whittle (Chad) was exceptiona!l.
It really was fantastic. Ric aka Paul was a fantastic singer who did a great job reaching the highs of Paul Draper. Also he did a great warm up gig of his own material which went down very well. Hopefully he will do more in Chester.( With Preston Pete maybe?)
Andy Lyth on the drums was equally brilliant. Simon (Stove) Wright was Excellent also.
When you see these guys in Chester you will be blown away.
For me it was brilliant to hear our hard work come together, Ric really does a fantastic job of emulating Paul Draper on stage, and the set was fantastic fun to play. Roll on August 23rd!