Invasion and Jackie Treehorn - Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh, Tue 13 Oct (4 stars)

Invasion and Jackie Treehorn - Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh, Tue 13 Oct

The power of the press is something that can be overstated. Evidence of this is the glowing notices given to Invasion by both NME and Kerrang! of late which state them to be the finest new rock ensemble anywhere. Such fawning hasn’t made it out here in the sticks as the handful of punters attests. Shame everyone else missed such a bloody great show.

Edinburgh quartet Jackie Treehorn’s singer isn’t performing tonight because he has swine flu. A fair enough excuse but it turns out their own take on riffology is more than enough to propel them into our good books. Pitching up somewhere between Rubik’s cube metal and Kyuss-style grooving, the quartet hold back from big payoffs a couple of times but nevertheless astound with their elephantine swagger.

Invasion’s bassless assault seems tiny by comparison but no less ingenious. Imagine if the 50ft woman ate The White Stripes, Gossip and Neurosis and shat out a magical glistening poop, the result would be this beauty, a bewildering barrage of sticks, wails and juddering string action. Give it six months and half of Scotland will have claimed to have witnessed this show. Invasion won’t be so lonely next visit.

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