Bassist Pete Cochrane was wearing a star spangled top as the Eel Pie outfit stepped onstage, an appropriate nod to the American flavour of their new album, Radlands.
The Stateside influence was certainly evident in the new material, notably in how The Ballad of Emmerson Lonestar took an enjoyable sojourn cross the Wild West, while a surprisingly grungy Lost In Austin rocked ferociously. That added noise suggested one benefit to having additional guitarist Matt Parks around, although some of his pedal steel work seemed a tad lost in the mix at points.
Misdirection occurred elsewhere, too, with Greatest Hits aping Stuck In The Middle With You rather too much, and old number Flakes performed in an yearning manner that didn't exactly flatter Blaine Harrison's voice.
Yet, the group's ability to whip up instantly catchy pop tunes remains, especially when William Rees's guitar work was spotlighted.
The best new offering was the Bee Gees disco strut of Hale Bop, an outrageously danceable number, before Flash A Hungry Smile, complete with whistling section, and the lazy indie-pop brilliance of Two Doors Down showcased how the band's older material can sit well alongside the fresher songs.