Date: November 16th, 2011
Venue: King Tut’s, Glasgow
Support: The James Cleaver Quintet, Hawk Eyes, The Red Show
Website: None available
South Coast “weird-core” rockers The James Cleaver Quintet (*****) open up tonight’s proceedings, and the word “warm up” doesn’t even come into the equation here, as arguably one of the most energetic live acts around at the moment come out all guns blazing, and set the atmosphere for tonight perfectly. Vocalist Jack Saunders makes the most of the fact that there’s no barrier in front of the crowd tonight, pacing in front of the stage, weaving in and out of the crowd, never static at any point during the band’s set. Saunders receives the news that the band have five minutes remaining, and squeeze everything into that five minutes as humanly possible they do, featuring a brilliant rendition of stand-out song ‘The JCWho?’ then swiftily sneaking in the final track from the album, and the longest song in TJCQ‘s arsenal at a whopping eight and a half minutes long, ‘Lower Than A Bastard’. The promoter might have been sweating at this decision, but The James Cleaver Quintet looked like they could have happily performed for another hour.
Hawk Eyes (***) take to the stage, looking like a completely different kettle of deadly piranhas. If there was an award for ‘The band who look least likely to be a metal band’, we’ve found them. They look like four normal guys from Leeds, and they are, throughout the set asking if the crowd are having a nice time, and saying they themselves are having a lovely time. However, each song hits in hard and fast, and none more so than ‘Let’s Have Some’. Sounding a bit like Muse meets Black Sabbath, Hawk Eyes are definitely full of surprises. Paul Astick‘s vocals are diluted at times by a dodgy microphone stand, but it is an all-round strong performance from the quartet.
The headline act of the night, Turbowolf (****) take to the stage strongly. With the very distinctive Chris Georgiadis getting the pleasantries out of the way, and, as with the previous two bands, thanking the venue staff for the hospitality, there’s definitely something about King Tut’s that just seems to win over every band who step foot there. Turbowolf then go into game mode, and play through a rip roaring set. Combining aspects of almost every genre you could imagine, Turbowolf have the look and core sound of a classic rock act, however, the synthesizer is utilised to great effect, giving this energetic crowd some funk and psychedelic soul to mull over too. ‘A Rose For The Crows’ whips the crowd into a frenzy and this band leave a very notable impression on the Glasgow crowd.
The crowd is slightly diminished by the time warm-down act The Red Show (***) take to the stage, however, the local boys put in a very steady performance, and their blues rock, met with funky riffs, send this crowd home on a high.
Written by Gary Cassidy