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Tuesday 31 August 2021.

Tuesday 31 August 2021. I DONT KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME live at The Forum. Quirky American indie pop act have some nice videos up on YouTube. A headline show for them in London after their appearances at Reading and Leeds Festivals. On its website the band describes itself as "...a band out of time. One who faded away into obscurity after struggling to find success in the late 70's and early 80's." The duo's music, as well as their appearance and social media presence, is strongly influenced by the style of the 1980s; the band has stated that they draw inspiration from pop culture of these time periods. Among others, the band has named Marc Bolan, David Bowie, Oingo Boingo, Elvis Costello, The Ink Spots and Joe Jackson as musical influences on the band's sound. The band brought out their only album "Razzmatazz" in 2020, which crept in the charts at 87. ----------------- Space at the back of the stalls and balcony tonight, but must be a very decent 1500 of 2000 tickets sold. DEA MATRONA from Belfast arrived on stage at 7.30pm for their 30 mins set. They are an early 20s female rock/blues trio, but tonight there is a male on drums. The girls are very 1970s influenced with their sound and their on stage attire. They swop instruments every other song , and channel their best Suzi Quatro vibe. They play two good covers of Free "Oh Well" and Cream "Crossroads". A really good set, and hopefully I will catch them again soon. They go down well, with the mainly younger crowd. WILL JOSEPH COOK and band arrived on stage at 8.15pm for their 40 mins set. They played a decent set, but I enjoyed the first band much more. I DONT KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME arrived on stage at 9.30pm for their 90 mins set. A rubbish band name, but if your songs are good enough, you will shine through. They are a trio on stage, with a singer that has a Brandon Flowers vibe to him. They stretched the set out with far too much stage banter between songs from the singer. The crowd know all words to the songs, and sing along loudly. The singer walked through the crowd at the end of the main set. For their neat song "Nobody Likes the Opening Band" support act Will Joseph Cook came on to change some of the lyrics to "Nobody Likes the Headline Band" A good set. Full setlist played tonight.... Do It All the Time Clusterhug New Invention A Letter (The Brobecks cover) Leave Me Alone Kiss Goodnight Sugar Pills (Additional verse about getting vaccinated) Social Climb Boys Don't Cry (The Cure cover) Need You Here Visitation of the Ghost (The Brobecks cover) Razzmatazz Encore: Nobody Likes the Opening Band (with Will Joseph Cook) Choke