It's been a while since I last saw them, but this is a radically new Lambchop on show tonight.
Lambchop tours have always been partially dictated by the practicalities and economics of members having day jobs - I've seen the numbers on stage range from one through to double figures, depending on who could get time off work and afford the flight from Nashville to the UK. This time they are touring as a three piece - Tony Crow on piano and cabaret jokes, Matt Swanson on bass and Kurt Wagner, sometimes playing guitar and, enabled by the innovations of their most recent FLOTUS album, overseeing the electronic side of things.
Sticking mainly, and understandably, to tracks from the new album the whole set maintained a wonderfully chilled out grove - this is alt country Philly soul taken to new places. Highlights included a stripped down and truncated The Hustle, a welcome outing of Garf (from 1996's How I Quit Smoking) and, with the help of the beautiful vocals of support act Roxanne De Bastion, set closer (and Prince cover) When You Were Mine.