The power of Twitter. I hadn’t planned on attending any gigs this weekend given that next week features two shows on consecutive school nights. But finding out on Wednesday via Twitter that Thula Borah, a band that I’ve not seen play as often as I’d have liked, were playing in Fife the following night changed my mind.
The show was at PJ Molloys in Dunfermline and it’s fair to say that the attendance was somewhat down from my only previous visit to the venue for a packed out show by We Were Promised Jetpacks.
Wandering in off the street the bar was completely deserted other than for Kev from TB and I fear that, in the end, the number of people playing actually outnumbered those there to watch. However that didn’t detract from the performances of either band I saw.
Thula Borah are already moving on from last year’s excellent ‘Hope for Disappointment’ as (I think) the majority of the set was drawn from their new E.P. ‘Near Life Experience’ – due out in the new year. In fact, they managed to even go beyond that unreleased record as one of the other tunes was announced as completely new.
If this show was anything to go by, the band seem to be moving in a slightly heavier direction as borne out by new single ‘The Psychopath Test’ and a thunderous ‘Estella’ from the last E.P.
Yet the real highlights were the songs that demonstrated their control of dynamics. The penultimate song genuinely deserved the label of epic with its many passages awe inspiring whilst ‘Small Margins’ from the last E.P. demonstrated that the band can mix the different elements of their sound to create beautiful guitar soundscapes.
Thula Borah are undoubtedly a band who understand the benefits of being direct but who equally are capable of producing far more complex pieces which are at least as satisfying. On this evidence ‘Near Life Experience’ is one of the first things to look forward to in 2017.
Support Fabric Bear were on stage when I arrived. A young three piece armed with many a chunky riff they were probably a little too classic rock for my tastes. But their last song was terrific – a concise blast which tapped into both the Pixies and the Manics’ ‘No Surface, All Feeling’.
The gallery from Thula Borah’s performance can be found here.
Thula Borah have two more shows this year:
Saturday 19th November – Opium, Edinburgh
Thursday 24th November – The Green Room, Perth