The Orchids / The Chesterfields / The Suncharms – Preston, The Continental

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Continental Class: The Orchids in action in Preston (Photo: Julie Wright) Continental Class: The Orchids in action in Preston (Photo: Julie Wright)

In these uncertain times, I’m all for reaffirmations that things ain’t so bad after all, and three treasured indie bands put plenty of smiles on faces at a Lancashire riverside pub venue on Friday night, serving up a feast of neat lyrics, winning melodies, singalong choruses and chiming guitars.

The early 1990s’ so-called ‘shoegaze’ scene rarely resonated with me. I saw Ride, Lush, and a few others, but felt little of that rush of DIY post-punk indie from a ‘what shall we do now?’ era on the alternative scene. Yet while Tuff Life Boogie’s evening openers were lumped in with all that, they seem to transcend those roots.

The Suncharms certainly hit the ground running at The Conti, a power-blasting Wash Away putting me in mind of Bobby Gillespie fronting The Wedding Present. And they barely drew breath from…

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