What do you get when you cross a (increasingly) legendary venue in Leeds with a band (also from Leeds) that have been much loved and much missed. Well, step forward one of the genuine ‘alternative’ bands from the last few years, four piece ¡Forward Russia! and celebrations for the centenary of the Brudenell Social Club.
The band had enjoyed a stellar career, their 2006 album ‘Give Me A Wall’ showcasing their art / punk / post rock sensibilities and enjoying much fawning and encouragement from critics and fans alike. Much touring and numbered pop songs later in 2008, the band unexpectedly split without so much as a farewell tour.
The band, persuaded by the Brudenell’s manager, decided to reform for ‘one last gig’ and to celebrate 100 years of the iconic venue. Rehearsals ensued and the gig sold out in 24 hours. The band decided to have the experience filmed, documentary style, by journalist and photographer Tom Airey in the directors chair, ably assisted by his small team.
The result is out now, released exactly a year on from the gig. The 17 minute film features interviews with the band, fans, other bands and people who played an important part in the band’s development. Tom Woodhead, singer in ¡Forward Russia!, said: “The Brudenell 100th anniversary gig was one of our favourites as a band. The atmosphere was perfect due to the distillation of pretty much everyone who cared about our music all in that room. The film captures that atmosphere perfectly and we’re proud to have been part of it”.
Check it out, here.