LIVE: Lights @ King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow (20/02/2012)
February 24th, 2012
Given the recent success of Lights‘ second studio album, ‘Siberia’, and her ever growing reputation only increasing by the day, it’s no doubt her UK album tour is almost completely sold out, and Glasgow’s King Tuts is packed to the rafters tonight to see what the versatile Canadian has on offer.
First though, is support act and Lights‘ fellow Canadians, Nightbox (****). Americana electro indie with a hint of just about everything else you could throw in there, but the band do well to get this impatient crowd involved and get this crowd warmed up and more excited (if possible) for the main event. They do so impressively, and receive a rapturous ovation from a very mixed group in King Tut’s tonight.
It’s in no doubt though, who everyone is here to see tonight, and that is Lights Poxleitner (*****). She takes to the stage with her backing band, although judging by what we see this very talented lady tonight, she is only missing a harmonica and pedal drums to be well on the way to becoming a perfectly successful one-woman-band.
She plays through a succession of hits from both ‘Siberia’ and ‘The Listening’, and this crowd are hanging on her every word. Notable tunes tonight are ‘Banner’ and ‘Where The Fence Is Low’, as this crowd somehow simultaneously defy the laws of gravity to bounce along in tune to the dynamic shift and tempo changes. Lights has truly mastered the art of small talk too as she sparingly uses her words, and every sentence is met with ecstatic squeals from this capacity crowd. Ever gracefully thanking everyone involved along the way too and her endearing attitude, mixed with her easy on the eye appearance and undoubted talent and ability, make her the perfect headline act for tonight.
Lights also brings us some acoustic surprises, and a few acapella numbers accompanied only by piano. However, the two stand outs of tonight are definitley new album title-track ‘Siberia’ – with an absolutely thumper of a bass line, and catchy, dubstep-esque beats – and, more notably, hit tune ‘Toes’, which whips every member of the sardined crowd into a frenzy. Everyone in this venue tonight will count their lucky stars that they were here tonight, as it will not come as a surprise to anyone if next time round Lights Poxleitner takes to a much bigger stage in front of an audience many multiples larger than the one which culminated tonight.
Written by Gary Cassidy