PINS / Baby In Vain – The Cool Cat Club, Beat generator Live, Dundee – Sunday 16th April 2017

A quick catch up on a great gig a couple of weeks ago.

Unfortunately family commitments meant that I missed Yassassin but at least a couple of folk were raving about them afterwards.

I saw most of Baby In Vain’s set and was a bit torn. At times they were a bit too straight down the line rock for me (the Kiss t-shirt could have been a pointer) but at others they were more interesting. Still enjoyable though.

Baby In Vain

PINS were great. It’s the second time I’ve seen them since they supported Wire a couple of years ago and in the interim I’ve enjoyed the debut LP a lot but been a bit underwhelmed by the second (although Andy reckons that he took a while to get it and says it’s worth persevering with).

Whatever doubts I may have had about that record were blown away by a superb set. PINS have been snagging prestigious support slots over the last couple of years (with Sleater-Kinney and the Subways as well as Honeyblood and they’re back in Scotland next week with Maximo Park) and all that gigging was evident in a confident performance.

The Iggy track ‘Aggrophobe’ kicked things off with bassist Anna filling the Igster’s shoes and it was one of the stand-outs of the evening. But the set also included their cover of ‘Dead Souls’ which doesn’t seems to have been universally well receive. It worked for me not least because PINS fulfilled brought their own stamp to the song, no easy task.

The well-received set was brought to a fitting conclusion with an encore of ‘Girls Like Us’ for which just about the entire female section of the audience joined the band on stage for a party (although it’s fair to say that the guys *were* invited).

A good, wild night and hopefully the Cool Cat Club will bring the band back to Dundee before too much longer.

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