When you are told by the band’s lead guitarist that their main influences are Joy Division, Nick Cave and Leonard Cohen you instantly regret not having brought a supply of razor blades with you for the likely post-gig depression. Thankfully Linerunners aren’t a melancholic band at all and to this reviewer’s ears they came across as an unlikely hybrid of 60s west coast legends Jefferson Airplane and 80s Liverpool moptops Echo & The Bunnymen.
Their gig on Saturday was attended by one pub local and two minibuses from Hereford, full of loyal fans who remained enthusiastic throughout the evening.
Having two vocalists – one female, one male – was a highlight as they counter-balanced each other perfectly. The rest of the band proved to be fine and able musicians and, though plagued by sound problems initially, as befits a band of 25 years experience these were quickly overcome and they carried on playing two rousing sets of their own original material.
My only criticism was that some of the songs were a little short and when the band finally got into a groove they suddenly finished. Apart from this I would heartily recommend you go and see them when they’re in your area and look out for Toby singing through a loud hailer.