Spare Snare (4 stars)

King Tut’s, Glasgow, Thu 28 Dec


Once proudly crowned the 46th best Scottish band in history by this very organ (one lower than Dogs Die In Hot Cars, but one above The Average White Band), Dundee’s Spare Snare are finally getting round to cashing in on the accolade with this first show in five years.

In retrospect, the day after Boxing Day might not have been the most opportune time to do it, because the crowd was slim. Still - and as befits a band who were once favourites of John Peel - many men on the cusp of 40 were to be seen nodding along gratefully. Quite rightly so, because Spare Snare are indeed a fine band of guitar-fuelled ironists.

Singer Jan Burnett comes across like a cheerier Scots Morrissey, albeit one with the mandatory country-rock influence of a decade and a half ago. Their songs are powerful and, on occasion, funny, and anyone who could requisition Destiny’s Child’s ‘Say My Name’ in pale Scots indie style is onto something.

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