Experimental Music Love

November 4, 2008

Detroit Social Club – Glasgow, King Tut’s 29/10/08

Filed under: Live Reviews — by Free Edinburgh Podcast @ 11:51 pm

A bit late so I do apologise.  I’ll make up for it though by telling you what’s coming soon.  And even sooner.  And a bit later.  Expect interviews with the following – Okkervil River! Cage the Elephant! Future of the Left! And TV on the Radio! Three out of those are worthwhile bands, but what ones?!?!?  Live things of each as well of course, and the regular news/singles/albums.  Albumes which include Tom Jones’ new one.  I warn you – it’s excellent.  Some special feature is also being planned about some music issue or other.  I neede to work out what it is though.  Also, I shall post up my feature on song lyrics right after this.  Enjoy!

Detroit Social Club – Glasgow, King Tut’s 29/10/08

Few bands have excited the ever quick-to-judge critics more this year than Detroit Social Club, but it’d be no surprise if such accolades had been heard in the direction of first support, The Doledrums, here tonight.

Looking like The Enemy fronted by a less punchable Nicholas Hoult from Skins, the Falkirk five-piece create the most excitement seen all night with a set of tight pop clearly derived from intelligent minds. Craig Burke has to confidence to demand attention, with jittered dance moves and fantastic vocals that have the potential of Lee Hazlewood. Contrasted with the rest of the band’s cool, sedate manner, The Doledrums seem to know exactly what they’re doing for a band so young, and can hopefully reach the heights currently being touted for the headliners here.

It’d be hard to see why such talk was being made of Dave Burns’ project though, considering their messy introduction to Glasgow here. Superb on record, with proper anthems that resonate with spectacular passion, their live show becomes a drab affair of tediously loud rhythm guitar intent to destroy any semblance of quality vocal or melody.

The gaping hole at the front of the stage may have been a factor in their lackluster approach to performance, with the lack of an appreciative audience all the more evident in the confines of the legendarily tiny King Tut’s.

Things do perk up five or six songs in as the less rhythm heavy ‘Black and White’ offers a chance for more than just the mass of distortion usually found at the end of a Mogwai gig. But by then, all momentum is lost, and you’re only wondering where The Doledrums are playing next.


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