Summing up Super Hans live in one word is fairly simple: Moreish.
There was no powerful sense of dread in sight as Propaganda’s warm up for welcoming Super Hans to The Fleece in Bristol provided a couple of hours of pure indie and alternative rock hits, before everyone slowly made their way forward to secure a good spot for the Man with a Van himself.
Finally coming on stage a little after 1am, Matt King, (which is his real name in case you didn’t know, the cult favourite actually has quite a fruitful career outside of Peep Show, although let’s be honest, we all know him as our drug-addled manic), greeted the admittedly teen filled room with a rally cry for today’s younger generation, before launching into his Big Beat Manifesto.
Accompanied by a woman whose identity was simply Ümlaut, Super Hans played big beat after big beat, and despite the lack of a Peep Show reference every minute, (we all wanted to hear Loco Parentis, didn’t we?), the crowd were never bored and sang along to every hit.
Proving he’s more than just a famous name, his stage presence added an extra layer of excellence to the night, making sure to shake hands with as many people as possible in the room, as well as taking their phones to take selfies and send messages to friends. A word on his outfit too: a snow leopard jacket is definitely the future, although it’s not quite a creamy elephant.
Offered various experiences with members of the audience, Hans made reference to this towards the end of his set by giving a shout-out to a keen fan opening up his doors for so-called ‘afters’.
The set was only 45 minutes long, as well as a slight encore, but for any Peep Show fan it was a 45 minutes that they will remember for the rest of their life.
Do I want to go again?
DO I EVER?!
Outside of Peep Show’s set, The Fleece, and especially the Propaganda night, is most certainly one of the best nights Bristol has to offer. For fans of indie alternative rock (think Royal Blood, Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian and The Killers), classic tunes and, quite simply, big beats, there is just no alternative. Friendly staff at an affordable bar in a small but wicked venue, The Fleece will surely be welcoming plenty of clubbers back in the future. Not just a club, indie and alternative fans have opportunities to see their favourite bands at a venue which all of Muse, Radiohead, The Killers, Oasis and Biffy Clyro (among many more) have headlined in the past. For example, in only a couple of weeks, the gods of nostalgia The Hoosiers are bringing their 10th Anniversary tour of The Trick to Life to Bristol.
But back to Super Hans. It was outrageous, it was contagious, (it was far from futile but for the sake of the quote…), and Matt King, we thank you. We miss Peep Show, we miss you.
Have fun in Macedonia with your moped rental. I hope we see each other again soon.