13 years ago when indie music was coming to forefront of popular music The Ordinary Boys were tipped to be up there with the greats. Their debut album Over The Counterculture came out in 2004 and was followed up a year later with their second which contained songs like “Boys will be Boys”. The Ordinary Boys came before a large amount of indie bands like The View and The Enemy had made a name for themselves and had the potential to be as big as them; however it never worked out.

With several albums, and even more break ups, The Ordinary Boys have always been in the background of the music scene and keep reappearing with a few shows around the country. When everybody is announcing 10 year anniversary tours it seemed an appropriate time to catch The Ordinary Boys – and having No Hot Ashes support was definitely a strong persuader.

The Stockport band, No Hot Ashes, have been making waves across Manchester in recent months and playing some impressive gigs and have recently sold out a headline show at Sound Control in June. The room was full for No Hot Ashes with crowds of girls screaming as they came onto the stage with real intentions to prove a point.

No Hot Ashes have an excellent stage presence and a real swagger about themselves which matches their bouncing riffs and iconic bass riffs. With songs like “Easy Peeler” and “Goose” they always manage to get the crowd dancing and they didn’t disappoint this time either. However, a rather strange cover of Grandmaster Flash’s “The Message” didn’t go down too well with the crowd and seemed very few people had heard it. This didn’t deter them from throwing everything they have into it and continued their set unfazed.

The Ordinary Boys entered the stage to the sound of Enya’s “Orinoco Flow”, a rather unique entrance song, but it went down well before they kicked into their first big hit “Over the Counterculture”. They had everybody singing along and looked as if the night was going to continue in that way; but they then played a few album tracks that only dedicated fans had heard. The crowd dwindled quite rapidly as the people who had mainly come to see No Hot Ashes had decided they’d had enough of the generic pop-punk sound that The Ordinary Boys seem to have taken on.

Lead singer Preston spoke to the crowd a lot during their performance and made light of everyones favourite memory of him walking off production of Nevermind The Buzzcocks. He also spoke about how they kept splitting up and all have day jobs now and didn’t expect anybody to turn up to their show so were pleasantly surprised with the crowd. His day job now is writing pop songs, including the new Vamps song, to which he caught a chorus of “sell out” shouted at him from fans and touring crew.

The Ordinary Boys played through their set and played lots of new songs that were on an album that they had “forgot to tell anyone they’d released” and despite sounding fairly good, nobody knew them and they just blended into the generic sound the whole of their set seemed to posses. They ended the show with “Boys Will be Boys” which went down really well and had people dancing again, however in a year when many bands are touring their old iconic albums The Ordinary Boys missed out their biggest songs like “Nine2Five” and “I Luv U”.

Words and Photo: Stuart Daley