I was afraid it'd have been The Lucksmiths. For some reason, I completely fail to recognise their brilliance, and instead perceive them as a rather bland sort of guitar-folk. AiH, shambolic as they have been, at least have some novelty and one or two good songs.
Preaching to the converted can also be seen as giving the punters value for their money. After all, it's highly likely that the people who go to see Belle & Sebastian will appreciate AIH, whereas there's no such guarantee for, say, Talkshow Boy or whoever.
Thats such a vague statement though. Lets put AiH as support for every band everynight then. I am sure people enjoy discovering new bands rather than having the same songs thrown at them again and again. The bookers are just fucking lazy thats all.
Dunno, who's supporting/supported* Sonic Youth?
(* - I'm not sure if they're been or gone. You tend to lose track of these things up here. I only found out about the Grandaddy tour a week after it happened...)
Probably will come down for B&S, at least with Ticketbastard I can get the tix sorted out online.
And at least the Lucksmiths aren't slavishly didactic like John Butler. (Yes, we know that you're a right-on dude, but that doesn't excuse your 15 minute guitar solos.)
Well AIH will be playing to maybe 50 people who have never heard them whereas a new band could play to 3000 or whatever new people. Any gig that is going to sell out regardless of the support should have an unknown band on to expose new talent. Promoters suck arse.
Sodastream were the other obvious choice, what with their links to Belle & Sebastian.
The Lucksmiths are the type of band where you sort of hear them on the radio for about a year, and find them pleasant but uninteresting. And then suddenly something clicks, you hear some song differently, and you *get* them. And you get them for a couple of months, and then gradually grow out of it, listening occasionally. At least that was my experience. They have three consistent strengths: clever punny lyrics, good melodies and good basslines (good songwriting in other words). They'd be more interesting, though, if their arrangements were better.