Alabama 3 - Manchester University - 10.4.01

Like the Manics, Alabama 3 attract a fanatical following bordering on the bizarre. At the front of the stage there's a man dressed as an evangelical preacher complete with the Holy Bible in the palm of his hand. Other fans are just content to wear cowboy hats like the band they've come to see. Alabama 3 tonight look like renegades and have a real edge of danger and recklessness in abundance.

They may address their congregation in a lazy southern drawl and be known as notorious rock'n'roll yet the band live in Brixton. The techno bluesmen use traditional instruments with synthesizers creating a uniquely original sound.