REVIEW: Hard-Fi, The Leadmill

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THIS quartet’s home town of Staines is currently the subject of a possible name change - and it’s not the only thing in Middlesex that could have gone out of fashion during Hard-Fi’s extended absence.

Richard Archer, amiable frontman of this gang of chirpy chappies, knows it and appears grateful almost to the point of surprise when he spies an almost full Leadmill.

Early rabble rouser Tied Up Too Tight leads the charge in a set that swiftly reminds many of us why we fell for Hard-Fi in the first place; their indie missives of urban strife – not least the plaintive Cash Machine – still resonating well in these times of austerity.

While that and Hard To Beat hit the spot for many it takes Archer’s encore solo spot with the downbeat Move On Now to incite a proper singalong which peaks when the band close with chav anthem Living For The Weekend.

Not A Love Song and the fluid Fire In The House whip-up contrasting enthusiasm along the way but second album favourite Suburban Knights helps to anchor a show far from entirely driven by comeback album Killer Sounds.

In between times the lads dispense Stars Of CCTV, bouncy new single Bring It On and their “Pub-Fi” cover of Boomtown Rats classic I Don’t Like Mondays to give depth and breadth. With raptuous applause following them off stage, we reckon they actually quite liked this mid-tour Monday in Sheffield.