I wouldn’t say I’ve always had bad times in Leeds. There were just the hour-and-a-half waits for taxis in the city centre. The man taking a shit in Carpe Diem who couldn’t be bothered to close the toilet door. And the post-popshow party in Headingley that got gatecrashed by a couple of nutcases threatening to beat everyone up.
But I always say Leeds isn’t just like that – there are lots of good things and lovely people in Leeds as well. We were reminded of this the other week when we played a set at the Don’t Falter clubnight.
Don’t Falter takes place once a month at a bar called Baby Jupiter. We were a bit worried when we looked at the Baby Jupiter website, which, in a spooky echo of the lyrics from ‘Subterranean Moseley Blues’, says it’s “the coolest bar in town”. But the cool kids didn’t have rubbish hair; nor did they dance to Huey Lewis and the News. There was a lot of great pop, including a lot of great indiepop, and just about everyone we met was delightful. (And pretty. Not that it matters, but y’know.)
Mark Don’t Falter couldn’t be there, as he was tending to his wife and their newborn baby, but we were looked after excellently by Owen Don’t Falter, who was wearing a quite superlative T-shirt based on the Shipping Forecast. We played a kick-ass 25-minute set which included our brand new, fizzy, toe-tapping tune ‘If You Ever Need a Shoulder’. The place filled up most pleasingly about halfway through it (possibly just after the end of the Cribs gig at Leeds Met the same night) and we went down jolly well.
Leeds being Leeds, something had to go wrong at some point, and Amber Cars charged us 63 quid for the taxi home, having quoted us 40. But hey – we had such a fine time that even this breathtaking act of extortion failed to take the shine off the evening. Next time I think of Leeds I’ll probably think of the charming folks we met at Don’t Falter, instead of the man in Carpe Diem.
● Our next popshow will be this Saturday at the Leicester Indiepop All-Dayer with Tender Trap, MJ Hibbett & the Validators, and several more! You really ought to come.
● If you’re of a West Yorkshirely persuasion, get yourself to Don’t Falter at the earliest available – it’s on the first Saturday of every month at Baby Jupiter and it’s free to get in!