SxSW 2008 Live: Johnny Foreigner

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Ross Riley

14th March 2008
At 02:05 GMT

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The perfectly named 'Dirty Dog Bar' is the venue for Birmingham's finest recent export.

Johnny Foreigner are relatively unknown in the states, hence the audience tonight resembles a small gathering rather than a crowd.

Those who are present are treated to a fine wall of noise coupled with the band's usual battery of left right vocals. The theme of the evening was very much civic pride as the band gave several shout-outs to their hometown of Birmingham. "We're from Burm-ming-gum England, it's a place that's becoming a home to indie-rock now" frontman Lex proclaimed, to which one member of the audience replied, "Yeah, like Ocean Colour Scene". Judging from the spit-filled retort of "Oh fuck off" we gather they're not fans.

A trip through both last year's mini EP and previews from the forthcoming album make up tonight's set. New tracks Our Bipolar Friends and Cranes and Cranes and Cranes impress tonight's audience.

A good solid live show which should result in Johnny Foreigner making just a few more friends over here.

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