Tonight I went to see Los Campesinos. It's the first time I've seen them since August 2006 when they supported Broken Social Scene at one of our Forecast shows at The Point. They were unsigned then, though that was the night about twenty label reps arrived in Cardiff, all considering signing them. Truth be told, they'd already met Wichita a couple of times and as Wichita had set up the support slot for them, they were already all but signed to one of their favourite labels.
It was also the night I didn't get to manage the band. That's something that's played heavily on my mind as I've watched their singles come out and their album released, and it's something I won't forget for a long time.
There's many pivotal points in your career, and the few months spent talking to an unsigned Los Campesinos, being asked by them if I was interested in managing them, but then losing out, was one for me.
I enjoy those crunch times. For me, the lows are as important as the highs. It's how you learn, and I learnt a lot. Anyway, how could I possibly feel bad about them choosing the manager of Super Furry Animals - one of the most important pop bands of the past decade, with a dozen years or more experience in the industry - over me?
Being able to see Los Campesinos tonight at long last was splendid. They've come on a long way since that Forecast show, and though they still have a lack of variety which led to some very samey songs on a so-so debut album, they also have a killer anthem and are a bundle of fun to watch live, smiling from start to finish through tonight's set. Anyway, they're also fans of The Wedding Present (which I didn't know until recently) and Pavement - two of my favourite bands - and bands they pay homage too in their set. That's enough to right most wrongs.
When lights go up, I grab a hello with Tom, their TM and FOH engineer, and also grab their setlist, which reminds me I've still got their setlist from the night of the Broken Social Scene gig - all handwritten and excited by them - which I'll need to find to put this one with.