The Joy Formidable, Chew Lips and Lemonade (4 stars)

Stag & Dagger at the Art School, Glasgow, Sat 23 May

The Joy Formidable, Chew Lips and Lemonade


On the tiny stage in the Art School’s Vic Bar, the roaming audience at this inaugural Glasgow leg of the multi-venue Stag and Dagger festival were treated to a line-up which was young and diverse enough to be mistaken for a possible future NME tour.

American trio Lemonade might be set for the most niche-market career, with an angular dancefloor indie sound, which perhaps appealed most to the art students in the crowd. Chew Lips, on the other hand, have a pretty good shot at being the new La Roux within the next few months. While both boys in the band play tug-of-war with a bank of machines and some turned-up guitars in the background, singer Tigs gives them star quality, even if all that need amount to is a stroppy stare and a Debbie Harry pout over some effortless electro-pop bangers. Wales/London trio The Joy Formidable also make a feature of lead singer and obvious star Ritzy Bryan, although their sound is richer for the swathes of epic guitar. Imagine Sleeper covering MBV; The Joy Formidable are much better than that.


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