Tom Tom Club sell out The Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

Suitably supported by local electro duo Galaxians – who retrofit the bygone sounds of early 80s New York – Tom Tom Club last night played to a sold out show at The Brudenell Social Club in Leeds.

With a set that was as much informed by Weymouth and Frantz’ eminent past as it was concerned with the present, the band played a hybrid of classics a long with relatively new material from their 2012 Downtown Rockers EP, regularly paying homage to the legendary New York City club CBGB – the place that Weymouth calls the “incubator” for the bands of 1970s NY and indeed one of the first places Talking Heads played two months after Tina actually got an amp.

Maintaining their party band reputation, Tom Tom Club managed to get a whole room moving with their funky, froth-pop numbers – namely (and predictably) – ‘Genius of Love’ and ‘Wordy Rappinghood’, closing the night with a encore of two undisputed Talking Heads classics; a penultimate cover of ‘Take Me To The River’, followed by Tina’s habitual opening bass line to ‘Psycho Killer’ – a rare moment in which The Brudenell felt more like CBGB circa 1975.

Set List
Who Feelin It
She’s Dangerous
Punk Lolita
Man With The Four-Way Hips
L’Elephant
Under The Boardwalk
Don’t Say No
Suboceana
Kissin’ Antonio
On And On
Won’t Give You Up
Kiss Me When I Get Back
Genius Of Love
You Sexy Thing
Wordy Rappinghood
Downtown Rockers
Take Me To The River
Psycho Killer

Photograph by Andy Benge.