Glasgow. A city with a flourishing music community that produces artists who make waves way beyond its windswept borders. It has also, in recent times, been the birthplace of some great electronic talent; from the chirping electro pop of CHVRCHES and The Wild Curve, to the dark and twisted synthetic world of Sega Bodega.
However, beneath this electro glaze is an undercurrent of crunching guitars and visceral performances, an atmosphere that was captured in plentiful amounts at Stereo for the headline show of local Glaswegians, Baby Strange. Arriving in my ever-late fashion, I wasn’t able to catch either of the openers, Future Glue and The Rockalls, but from the tangible excitement in the room, they had certainly warmed the crowd.
Dawning the stage to excitable screams from the audience, Baby Strange let no time go to waste launching into opener “VVV”, sending the crowd into the obligatory “here we, here we…” chant. From their own fuzzed up rendition of Peter, Bjorn and John’s ‘Young Folks’, to the raucous highlight ‘Friends’, the entire set was a relentless barrel of razoring guitar punk, cutting under the hour mark. Only the odd “Cheers” and “It’s good to be back” served as a release from their wiry, distorted grasp. This is a band whose first live performance was at a house party and as frontman Johnny Madden laments about people “trying to take our fun” in “Distance Yourself” it was hard not to be transported to your pal’s front room, having a bloody great time.
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Stephen Archibald |