Brilliant night at the Captain’s Rest in Glasgow last night. Three great bands and a sell-out crowd.
The show featuring Kid Canaveral, Mitchell Museum and Campfires in Winter was promoted by West of Scotland blogs Aye Tunes and Peenko. And given the talented bands on the bill it was a worthy sell-out.
Campfires In Winter
Up first were Campfires in Winter whose 5 song set rather bafflingly featured 2 covers. Baffling because the originals were excellent and I’d rather have heard another of their own songs than a faithful cover of Frightened Rabbit’s ‘Square 9’ (although it was odd hearing the words clearly!). Turns out their drummer bailed a few weeks back which has caused something of a disruption to their usual plans.
Whatever, on the evidence pf their occasionally epic set (and a card table as percussion!) I want to find out more about them.
It’s been over a year since I first saw Mitchell Museum and in the interim they’ve released two of my favourite singles of recent years. Anticipation was, it’s fair to say, high.
Fortunately they deliver on that. Of all three bands on the bill, they most put the ‘Manic’ into the Pop Thrills and I’d forgotten just how much that was true in a live context. The ‘pop’ though remains crucial. At times they’re almost brattish, yet melody remains at the heart of their songs. That’s best illustrated by a new song, which apparently isn’t on the forthcoming LP, but which sounds like a potential single on one listen.
Debut single ‘Warning Bells’ is probably the stand out tune of the whole evening and in this company that’s saying something. Great stuff all round.
I’ve reviewed Kid Canaveral live several times recently and I’m not going to apologise for the fact that I’m only going to repeat myself here. There’s no band more guaranteed to put a smile on my face at the moment whether due to their magnificent guitar pop tunes or just the entertaining between song banter.
I’m fairly certain that they played the same songs as they did in Edinburgh but in a different order. The new ones all sound great and ‘You Only Went Out Last Night To Get Drunk’ is every inch a worthy lead-in single to the LP. Other than that the version of ‘Second Time Around’ was probably the best I’ve heard and the closing ‘Couldn’t Dance’ encouraged some serious blogger moshing and high risk of death by Peenko.
So congratulations to Lloyd and Jim for putting on such a cracking show. Another one, gents? Yes, please!
More pics from the show ici.
Kid Canaveral release their next single ‘You Only Went Out Last Night To Get Drunk’ later this month with LP ‘Shouting at the Wildlife’ in late June. The LP is launched at Edinburgh’s Roxy Rooms on 3rd July with support from Come On Gang and The Scottish Enlightenment.
Mitchell Museum release single ‘Warning Bells’ (again!) on 14th June quickly followed by debut LP ‘The Peters Port Memorial Service’ on 12th July. They play shows in Glasgow at The Flying Duck ( 7th May) and Nice’n’Sleazy’s (9th June) with two shows in London on 20th May and 8th June.