IT’S normally packed out with punters looking to fill their boots with a full English.
But in the middle of Saturday afternoon, there was barely space to move in Cafe 33, in Park Road.
The reason – The Jar Family were back in town.
Word had soon spread that the Hartlepool-born industrial folk outfit were heading back home to launch their long awaited second album, Jarmalade.
And the queues outside 45 minutes before the opening of the intimate set told its own story.
Jar Family fans streamed in for more than three quarters of an hour while the lads signed copies of the new album.
Before Al, Maxi, Dali and co treated the crowd to an acoustic set kicking off with the undoubted highlight of the new album, Machines.
“We honestly didn’t know what to expect but it was great, absolutely brilliant,” said Al Devon.
“Every time we come back to Hartlepool or anywhere in Teesside the Poolies come out in force.
“It couldn’t have gone any better, the support was overwhelming.”
From Hartlepool, the lads made their way to Darlington for a gig on Saturday night, followed by many of their town fans.
And Al said the band are delighted with an air of relief to finally have the new album out, following the digital release earlier this month.
He added: “For us we just wanted to get it out there, we’ve had it ready to go for a while now.”
The Jar Family, made up of Hartlepool lads Al, Max Bianco, Richie Docherty, Chris Hooks and “Dali” as well as former Squeeze bassist Keith Wilkinson and Kez Edwards, will be taking their new record around the country on tour over the next year.
But with some songs already written for the third album, it won’t be too long until they’re back in the studio.