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It’s been a strange old career for Eugene Kelly and Frances McKee. Finding success with The Vaselines a few years after their initial split – both professionally and personally – due to their songs being covered by a certain notorious 90’s grunge band, the Scottish couple have reformed sporadically over the years to find new generations of fans warming to their alternative folk-pop sound.

Tonight sees the duo performing together live for the first time in over two years and they don’t disappoint. I Hate The 80’s and Sex With An X (“Before you ask, we didn’t…”) from their 2010 comeback stand up to anything the couple released in their original short-lived incarnation and set the tone for a set full of witticisms and the sort of acidic banter you could only get from two musicians once in a state of, well, Nirvana, and now brought together again by the demand for great pop songs.

Monsterpussy from their 1989 full debut Dum-Dum results in a “Miao” sing-along and the cattiness on stage continues, Frances saving her “That’s the first time Eugene’s had pussy in years…” joke until later in the set. There are glares and awkward smiles all around. The cat-calls only add charge to an already electrified set and whatever you thought of Kurt Cobain, he had impeccable taste; the hook that is Molly’s Lips, the infectious Son Of A Gun and the hauntingly beautiful Jesus Wants Me For A Sunbeam all aired tonight to great approval from a crowd in a state of heavenly bliss.  Just brilliant.          

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