SOME of us were almost as pleased to see this Sheffield University venue doing its thing again after a noticeable absence of gigs as we were catching one of our favourite Brit-rock trios back in action.
And the feeling was clearly mutual as a grinning, bright red-haired Billy Lunn and now resident of Sheffield Charlotte Cooper reciprocated the euphoria like human lightning conductors.
Even with such a reception, the guitar-wielding pair weren’t taking any chances and along with unfliching drummer Josh Morgan launched the set and a dozen crowd surfs with tried and tested early career stomper Oh Yeah, swiftly following up the vigour of that beholden ‘oldie’ with recent single We Don’t Need Money To Have A Good Time.
Like much of the poppier, long awaited new album Money And Celebrity, that song and fellow newbies Pop Death and Celebrity truly fulfil their potential live and here almost had Charlotte shaking her head-banging blonde bonce off as the band gave a fair account of previous albums All Or Nothing and genuine classic debut Young For Eternity.
Throwing the ever fresh Rock & Roll Queen into the mix midset seemed like a bit of a gamble but with Billy’s successful circle pit orchestration giving security arms, including a Pete Postlethwaite lookalike, a serious work-out and an encore that concluded with the slightly cheesy but fitting fresh crowd pleaser It’s A Party, there was never really anything to fear.
After too long away from our lives, The Subways are still nought to tasty in the space of three minutes, as noisy and effective as a tube train and - judging by this sweaty love-in - should remain above ground for a good while yet.