REVIEW: Saint Etienne/Stereo Venus, Leadmill

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Tonight’s game at the Leadmill is another edition of Spot the Star.

There aren’t too many points for identifying St Et lead vocalist Sarah Cracknell, every inch the leading lady in sparkly silver dress and feather boa.

But rewind an hour and who’s this, shyly ambling on stage in more modest attire with low-key organ-led unknowns Stereo Venus? Top marks if you twig it’s none other than Sarah Rumer Joyce - Rumer, whose debut album Seasons of My Soul sold by the bundle and who really should be busy promoting her imminent follow-up.

Not many in the sparse audience seem to realise - but what follows is 30 pleasant minutes of 60s-influenced material which wouldn’t have sounded out of place in her City Hall show late last year. As for Sarah C, her voice is sadly hampered on the band’s latest comeback by the dreaded lurgy, and at times it threatens to give out altogether.

The crowd do their best to help out, singing along to favourites like You’re In A Bad Way, Who Do you Think You Are and Only Love Can Break Your Heart.

There’s plenty of the new album Words and Music by Saint Etienne too of course - never ideal when the release date was only one day before.

First impressions though are good for the likes of Haunted Jukebox, When I Was Seventeen and especially new single I’ve Got Your Music.

The immortal Nothing Can Stop Us and a stomping encore of He’s On The Phone sends everyone home happy - but it’s not exactly been the ideal first night.