Live at Leeds Metropolitan University on Thursday, 10th April 2003
Having to work meant I missed (or didn't really listen to) either of the support acts. I was aware that they were happening and that they sounded like indie music but that's it.
Finka on the other hand started just as the older crowd decided they no longer needed their gin and tonic's or pints of Guinness, giving me a chance to appreciate the music.
The early part of the set seemed to comprise of generic "Shine" style indie pop. Good, but hardly memorable. I was heading towards dismissing them as yet another bunch of candle holding survivalists, but they were saved by a stunning acoustic set. The songs gained less structure and became more poetic, leaning more towards David Gray in a bad mood.
After the brief acoustic break, the rest of the band returned to the stage and finished their set with more passion and interest, making even me a staunchly anti indie type want to listen to them.
Sadly I never saw the band as I couldn't leave the bar but I'm sure they looked very good, possibly wearing brown corduroy trousers, striped shirts and those weird train driver hats? Maybe...