An hours drive out of N.Wales and straight into Manchester rush hour traffic, car overheating, warning lights aglowing. But it didn’t matter because Texas Radio Band at In The City was the prize. Down into One Central Streets seemingly basement style venue, and into what seemed like little Wales – with Huw, Huw and Huw instantly recognisable, hello to Guto, Mr Rostron and Mario “king of the road”, a quick chat to the band, before finding my Manchester dwelling friend Owen in amongst the crowd of haircuts.
“We started this 7 years ago… so not long to get on the first stage on the ladder eh?” Matthews first quip to the crowd before launching into “Chwaraeon” – good work! Someone next to me was sketching the band furiously as they performed… The set took a 5 song whistle-stop tour of their new material, including “I Will Be Coming Home”, “Places In My Head” and the finisher “Pass Ya Ffone”. Great set, good sound, good response. Job done!