Guillemots: Picture House, Edinburgh, 13 November
You’d probably have a better chance of looking cool wearing a pair of bowling shoes in a supermarket than dancing at a Guillemots gig. Tight, skilled musicians they may be, party starters they are not. Their following evidently accept this, so why then hasn’t someone told Fyfe ‘Party Pants’ Dangerfield?
Short of a few spot-lit weepies, the singer spent the set in a hyped up haze of ungainly gesticulations, the height of his revelling articulated by some mystifying bangs on an oh-so-incidentally placed bin lid. Sadly, attempts to tart up a fairly straight set with the trimmings of an art school band night, cue skinny suit and kooky tour name -‘Fishbone For a Drink’, here fell flat.
The four-piece delivered a brisk trip over familiar jingly jangly ‘Through the Windowpane’ territory, presenting drawn out instrumentals at various approximations of jollity. Material from new album ‘Red’ was carefully unravelled, whilst Dangerfield’s strong solo rendition of ‘Standing on the Last Star’ stood out. Capitalising on the label ‘indie misfits’ is one thing; presenting outright tonal confusion is unfortunately, another.
And sometimes sleepy Edinburgh crowds should just be left to lie.