While the Wedge may have been far from full, for those who were there, anticipation was high for the former Doves frontman’s first solo live foray.
The gig opened with the harsh keyboard stabs of Terracotta Warrior, also the opening of his debut album Odludek (‘loner’ or ‘pilgrim’ in Polish), before settling into some fine bass work from Jimi.
Highlights included a throbbing Live Like a River that harked back to his days in dance pioneers Sub Sub, and the affably odd Man Vs Dingo. Jimi was in chatty form throughout, winning points by telling us about his idea for a new hip-hop act, ‘Pompain.’
A few numbers from his old band got an outing – but none of their best-known singles. He even opted to finish with Northenden, an obscure Doves B-side.
But then when he asked the crowd if we’d like to hear another track again, he ignored the shouts for Doves songs and played lead single Oh! Whiskey for a second time. Curiously, it’s also the song that could most comfortably fit his old band’s oeuvre.
It’s good to have him back.