REVIEW: MIDWAY STILL / DEALING WITH DAMAGE / MEGA FISHY FOUR @ THE SUNFLOWER LOUNGE, BIRMINGHAM, WEDNESDAY 10TH JULY 2024

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Strangely all three bands this evening played at the same venue on the same date twelve months ago.


I have to admit that gig managed to pass me by, but I managed to attend tonight`s event. First up are Mega Fishy Four a quartet who deliver authentic Mega City 4 covers. Their amusing and entertaining set included numbers such as `Cradle`, `Back To Zero`, `Clear Blue Sky` which was dedicated to a couple who`d travelled one hundred and sixty miles from Portsmouth to see the band and `Miles Apart`. Singer Jamie Fish emotionally dedicated `Thanks` to his wife Paula. Jamie has undergone a hemipelvectomy due to a reoccurrence of cancer and wanted us all to know the strength and support that his wife has given him.


Next up are London based punk/melodic hardcore band Dealing With Damage, who are the band I had wanted to see after really enjoying their second album `Use The Daylight` which was released last year. There was no messing around as this quintet James Sherry, Andy Myers, Owen Cox, Ed Wenn and Steve Cox swept through their thirty odd minute set as if their very lives depended on it. The guys opened with what i`m sure was `Walking Backwards into The Future` and shared `John’s Gone` a kind of eulogy to the band`s producer and friend John Hannon, who suddenly passed away in 2021 and `We Make Bombs To Feel Safe` all from last years release. We also enjoyed the group`s latest single `Head Full Of Feedback` and what may have been another new track `The Off Switch` and an older cut in `Some Colours Never Fade`. This was a pretty intense but thoroughly enjoyable introduction for me to DWD in a live situation and can only hope that they head back to Brum sooner rather than later.

Closing out tonight are Midway Still who these days are Paul Thomson (guitar & vocals), Dec Kelly (drums), and Russell Lee (bass & backing vocals). The trio delivered a blistering sixty-minute set but did have some moments when they were arsing about rather than sticking to the pre-arranged setlist. Tonight`s show included numbers such as `Note To Self`, `Miss You`, `Something And Nothing`, `No Guarantees`, `Me In You`, `Better Than Before` and `What You Said`. All three- or four-minute enticing earworms. The night ended with the punk like `Fuck You` before a version of My Bloody Valentine`s `You Made Me Realise`.
It was really good to catch up with Midway Still as I hate to think when I’d last seen them.
There was an off the cuff remark that maybe all three bands could return once again next year which has to be encouraged.

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