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YOUR MONEY OR YOUR LIFE...
:: Pete And the Pirates ::
21 May 2011 / Piccadilly Records / Manchester
By Aaron Gow




No-one ever thinks of the drummer, plonked at the back of the stage with nothing to look at but the scrawny arse of the lead singer. Outside Piccadilly Records, Pete and the Pirates’ drummer Johnny Sanders is bereft of kit so he was left with just his hands to beat out the rhythm. And like all the best drummers, he looks like he’s enjoying himself despite the lack of something to whack. The rest of the band are amped-up and electrical (with bassist Peter Cattermoul swapping his usual guitar for a keyboard) and make a manful job of being heard over the diesel din of the 3,000 buses that trundle past during the half hour show. The set is made up of a mix of older songs and new releases, with the band ‘busking’ in Manchester part way through the tour for their soon to be released second album, One Thousand Pictures. I say busking, but actually there was no hat or empty guitar case out front which was a pity, as I would’ve chucked in a few bob, as I’m sure most other people would, such was the quality of the show. Maybe then lead singer Tommy Sanders could buy some elbow patches for his holey cardie. Or perhaps a new kit for the drummer.





Pic by Aaron Gow : Pete and the Pirates get down to it outside Piccadilly Records [Note Tommy’s elbows peeking out of his holey cardigan and Johnny’s lack of drum kit]


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