Randolph’s Leap’s I Can’t Dance To This Music 3 – CCA, Glasgow – Saturday 21st March 2015
Yesterday saw the biggest ICDTTM event to date with the 250 capacity event a total sell-out thereby more than doubling the turnout for November’s show at the Glad Cafe.
The afternoon session was kicked off by the first ever solo performance by Kate Canaveral. Principally based around her own songs for the band the highlights were undoubtedly a new song and a really terrific take on ‘Skeletons’ which recast the electro pop tune as an acoustic lament. But there was also a lovely take of David’s ‘Low Winter Sun’.
Next up came my first encounter with Prehistoric Friends. I quite enjoyed them but to be honest a couple of unflattering comparisons were also suggested during their set. Bands with piano to the fore sometimes do that for me. Nevertheless I heard enough to give the singles a go.
The informal nature of the event was highlighted when singer Liam demonstrated a decent throwing arm hurling a Tunnocks teacake to the back of the room where, admittedly ,it was rather neatly caught by Kate Canaveral rather than its intended recipient Pictish Trail.
I also enjoyed Viking Moses’s solo set with an electric guitar. Last time I saw an easygoing North American with an electric guitar was last year when Jon of Virgin of the Birds supported Book Group. There was a similar vibe to Viking’s set although he also briefly set aside his guitar for the piano.
eagleowl brought the first half to a tremendous conclusion. With just a five piece band, their set didn’t reach the level of intensity that the shows around the time of the album release did but it was still impressive. I’d never really before made the connection with Galaxie 500 (albeit with approximately 66% less VU),but it seemed a particularly apt comparison for set closer ‘Not Over’.
The second half of the show kicked off with the gentlest act so far in the shape of Henry & Fleetwood. From the titles through to the laid back nature of the songs there was something essentially rural about their music in person and it’s definitely a different direction for Martin. There were a handful of instrumentals too which brought to mind a pastoral Human Don’t Be Angry. I feel like I’ve been a bit negligent in taking so long to catch them but am glad to have sorted that out now. The E.P.’s great too, by the way.
I missed a chunk of Withered Hand’s set (in part to get an interview for the blog and also in part to a desperate need to rehydrate!) but what I saw was as reliable as ever. There’s a real charm to Dan’s solo performances and that was undoubtedly true of his set last night.
As is often the case he concluded with ‘Religious Songs’ which wasn’t quite the communal singalong it can be at, say, the Queen’s Hall. Perhaps it’s really Glasgow that’s really the more reserved city after all!
Henry & Fleetwood
If anyone reading this doesn’t know by now how entertaining Randolph’s Leap are, they’re simply not paying attention.But from Adam’s initial, ahem, sea captain’s outfit (with a beret?!), through Andy’s, um, *energetic* dancing, to Heather’s inability to make eye contact with any of her bandmates without cracking up, this show scored highly for entertainment even by the Leap’s standards.
Adam too was in fine form even if he seemed determined to live dangerously. Doubtless winding up his bandmates is par for the course but to take on the venue’s security staff and, perhaps even more riskily, his girlfriend? A brave lad!
Musically they took a bit of a chance too dropping some of their best songs (‘Light of the Moon’, ‘Weatherman’ and ‘Counting Sheep’ to name but three) in favour of some new songs and some lesser played gems. But it actually didn’t make a lot of difference – they were as great as ever, undoubtedly helped by the fact that this was the best sounding show I’ve heard them play. Well, outside of Dundee, at least.
Somewhat unusually the Leap didn’t bring their own shindig to a conclusion – that honour fell to Tigercats.
Unfortunately, but perhaps not surprisingly given the delays in the second half and the late hour, a big proportion of the crowd had departed before Tigercats finally took to the stage at the time they were supposed to be finishing.
Fair to say that they missed a bit of a treat, although I have to confess that we didn’t stay for the whole of their set either.
But that was nothing to do with the band, just tiredeness. Because what we saw was terrific, slightly edgy pop (with a hyperactive bassist) and I’ll definitely be checking out their new album on Fortuna Pop.
They’re also back in Scotland on 8th April doing a Bad Fun gig for Song, By Toad at Henry’s Cellar Bar in Edinburgh.
If that’s the music taken care of, the comedians were a step-up from last time. Paul McDaniels didn’t quite pull it off for me but Andrew Learmonth was just as good as in November – perhaps not that surprisingly since he admitted up front that he was going to deliver largely the same set.
Richard Brown was a new name to me but he maintained the high standard whilst Josie Long, compering the second half of the show, was thoroughly entertaining and completely endearing but at the same time slightly terrifying! But I was surprised that she didn’t know that Peenko is the mayor of Glasgow!
A great day out then even if the running length proved to be at the flagging end of our endurance spectrum. The good news is, if you missed it, on past evidence it won’t be too long before ICDTTM4 comes around. Don’t miss it!
Proper photos from the show here.