On a wet’n’windy night, Sheffield’s Everly Pregnant Brothers returned with their traditional hometown festive gig.
Selling out the city’s 02 Academy in no time at all, the Brothers are building a cult following.
Supporting were Dad Punk – the Brothers, plus a drummer, on electric guitars doing covers of David Bowie’s Heroes and Arctic Monkeys’ I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor, as part of a small set to get the crowd warmed up.
Then the Brothers hit the stage to an opening reminiscent of the old Rank cinema ads – counting down via Sheffield postcodes before zooming in via Google Earth to the O2.
The packed crowd were bouncing from the off with Common People and then Pork Pie, from the new album Band on the Pun.
Next were tracks like Just Can’t Get It Up, as they played songs from all three of their albums.
If you are not from Sheffield, you may not get the lyrics as fast as us locals or see the unsubtle hints foreigners from outside South Yorkshire just would not understand.
Fronted by larger-than- life Shaun Doane, the ukulele-wielding gang give the crowd a brilliant night’s entertainment with a constant laugh at lyrics re-worked to suit recognisable tunes.
As the night went on, the buzz around the O2 grew as Shaun wanted the crowd to top the venue’s record bar takings from a Reverend and The Makers gig – offering to make up the difference himself.
More classic EPB tracks like Giro followed, before the band were joined by Lindsay Dracass for Dun’t Tha Want Me Baby.
The set closed with the excellent Rovvrum, with the epic closing line aimed at a small West Yorkshire town called Leeds or summat?
Then we had a great encore including Oil int Road and the brilliant Me Chip Pans on Fire before Lindsay was back, as the Mildly Pregnant Sister – which she is – for a cover of Fairytale of New York.
Yet again the Brothers did the city proud.
All in all one of the best performances I have seen from these lads.