20160508_tvtsThe Van Ts / Tongue Trap / Joshua Gray – The Cool Cat Club – Beat Generator Live, Dundee – Sunday 8th May 2016

After Friday, Saturday was a night off but it was back out to support the latest installment of the Cool Cat Club on Sunday. And it turned out to be a show that exceeded expectations.

First off was former Vladimir bassist Joshua Gray making his live solo debut. Playing in his hometown was something of a double edged sword – playing to people he knew must have increased the nerves (not least because the intended backing band was unable to perform) but at least he was guaranteed a sympathetic hearing.

20160508_jgHis set reminded me a lot of the lo-fi psychedelia of some mid 80s era Creation singles and was certainly lighter in tone than his previous band.

Chatting briefly after the show Josh was clearly disappointed that the band performance had fallen through but he reckoned that it hadn’t been a complete disaster. I’m delighted to be able to report that no-one in the room considered it any kind of disaster at all. I’m looking forward to hearing more.

20160508_ttNext up were Edinburgh’s Tongue Trap who specialised in the kind of brattish punk that might have grabbed the ears of Kim Gordon in days of yore. With a breadth of subject materials ranging from celery to butt plugs Tongue Trap were great fun and their performance was all the more impressive given that they remain an inexperienced live band.

Headliners the Van T’s were sensational from the off. A tight unit they produced an attention grabbing wall of sound which didn’t obscure the fact that they appear to have the songs to back up the buzz that’s been growing around them in recent months.

Set closer ‘Laguna Babe’ with its changes of tempo is probably their best song so far (at least on first listen) but the new song debuted towards the end of the set suggests that they are only going to get better. And they’re already very impressive indeed.

Big things are surely coming their way in the coming months.

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