The Britbus Tour (4 stars)

The Britbus Tour

After parading their talents through the streets of Edinburgh on an open top bus during the day, it was back to familiar territory for the five up-and-coming Scottish bands selected to play as part of the Britbus showcase.

First up, The Beatnic Prestige bring their own brand of mod rock with sharp and frantic pop songs, which are only bettered by their even sharper attire. Following them, Dundonians The Daze take us back to 89 with a vibe akin to The Stone Roses in all their baggy pomp. Track ‘Music is My Maker’ however, shows the band are more than a starry-eyed tribute band.

Our Lunar Activities may not get the crowd bobbing up and down and reminiscing, but the Stornoway outfit’s frenzied blend of indie-punk recalls a younger and more pissed off Idlewild, while The Strands do their best to melt the speakers with their unpretentious rock.

Closers The Debuts showcase synth-heavy indie that prompts a bit of dancing. Five bands in one night can get heavy on the legs but it’s worth the wait.

Scotland’s musical future, it would seem, is in solid hands.

Bongo Club, Edinburgh Tue 9 Jun,

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