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CARTER USM – ‘Hello, Good Evening, Welcome and Goodbye: Live at Maida Vale’ Review

carter-usmCarter The Unstoppable Machine have released their farewell radio session on CD, vinyl and download. Recorded live at Maida Vale, performing a special gig for Steve Lamacq on his Radio 6 Music Show, the hour long set was played to small and passionate crowd of fans.

The set includes a career-spanning set and includes a couple of very well received covers including ‘This is How it Feels’ by Inspiral Carpets and the final track on the album, ‘Rent’ a cover of the Pet Shop Boys hit. The band were accompanied by Inspiral Carpet’s frontman Tom Hingley and they certainly put a new twist on the original after the initial opening verse.

The most striking thing that comes across is how Cater USM sound almost identical live as to the recording studio, a true testament to most punk bands that is hardly ever replicated across other music genre’s (especially in this ‘X-Factor’ age we live in today). From ‘Rubbish’ to ‘The Only Living Boy in New Cross’, JimBob and Fruitbat churn out a thirteen track set to the hugely appreciative audience – so special that the huge demand for tickets was, according to the BBC, the most ever for a 6 Music Maida Vale show.

Two weeks after this recorded gig the band brought the curtain down on their near 30-years career with a last ever gig at Brixton Academy and this release will serve as a monument to an original band who played to huge crowds in their heyday.

As Steve Lamacq says, “Carter USM were one of the first bands I championed while working at the NME, from the backrooms of London pubs to the top of summer festival bills…so it’s sad they’re properly calling it a day, but we wanted a proper tribute for them and for all the listeners who’ve followed them down the years.”

The release includes sleeve notes from JimBob and recollections of the day by long time band support and paddock buddy, Mr Spoons.

This is a fitting farewell to a great live band and one that all Carter USM supporters need to add to their collection.

Gaz – Punk Online


Track Listing

  1. Intro
  2. Rubbish
  3. Do Re Me So Far So Good
  4. Everytime a Churchbell Rings
  5. Anytime Anyplace Anywhere
  6. A Prince in a Pauper’s Grave
  7. And God Created Brixton
  8. Glam Rock Cops
  9. This is How it Feels (featuring Tom Hingley)
  10. Let’s Get Tattoos
  11. The Music that Nobody Likes
  12. The Only Living Boy in New Cross
  13. Sheriff Fatman
  14. Rent


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