Mono, Glasgow, Sun 13 May


It may have taken them a while to hit the big time, but 1990s were undoubtedly worth the wait. Forming from the ashes of cult legends The Yummy Fur and V-Twin, this Glasgow trio wooed Rough Trade a mere six gigs into their existence and one listen to scratchy, catchy debut Cookies will tell you why. It’s straight up, top notch, bluesy guitar pop complete with jaunty melodies, clattering drums, serrated riffs, yelps’n’howls and cheeky, quick-witted lyrics telling all manner of tales about deviants and debauchery . . . or as the band themselves commented recently, sounds ‘like a blonde getting out of a car’. Nicely put.

Live, however, this good-time bunch really come into their own and recent support slots with The Long Blondes and CSS have seen the charismatic three-piece give the headliners a run for their money with their own eccentric brand of humour and punchy delivery creating a real party atmosphere wherever they play. Most importantly though, 1990s fit seamlessly into today’s trend for acts that cater in gig/club crossovers while approaching the music scene with the strength and sense that only years of experience can give, without ever becoming boring.

If you haven’t yet allowed Messrs McKeown, McMorrow and McGaughrin to prove their worth then it’s about time that you did, and this album launch show provides the perfect opportunity for the as-yet-uninitiated to become better acquainted with some of modern music’s most unique characters.

(Camilla Pia)

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