Derry’s reunited, and still recording, Undertones have been celebrating their 35th anniversary by performing replica shows of their near-perfect pop-punk debut (original vinyl version, naturally). Radio DJ Paul McLoone has been filling singer Feargal Sharkey’s role for years, adding his own confident, amused persona to the group rather than aping Sharkey’s distinctive warble. The rest of the band were always the chief songwriters, and enjoyed reliving their youthful achievements as much as the grinning crowd. Sticking to the swift speeds of the originals, The Undertones careered onwards through all their classic singles and more. A wonderful, nostalgic celebration.
Concorde 2, 10 December 2011