At work the other day, somebody mentioned that they were trvelling down to Bristol over the weekend to visit their family.
I happened to mention that Bristol has a terrific nightlife scene, and that when I lived in Cardiff I would often make the short journey to go to the odd gig or two.
In particular, I recalled seeing Idlewild doing an acoustic set at the Trinity Centre, a converted church, and then a little while later going to see Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan at the same venue.
To my surprise, the latter two names drew blank looks.
“You know,” I cajoled, “Mark Lanegan of Screaming Trees, Queens of the Stone Age and…erm…Mark Lanegan fame?”
The same stone faces gazed back at me.
“And Isobel Campbell…used to be in Belle & Sebastian….?”
Nothing. Zip. Nada.
“Commonly described as the modern day Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood ….? No….?”
Here. This. Them:
The Hazlewood/Sinatra comparison is justified, and one which they embraced; when I saw them in Bristol and sometime later in Cardiff, they did a cover of this H&S classic: