Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh, Sat 31 Oct
We might be forgiven for thinking that Edinburgh’s Callel are emulating the glory styles of 70s rock here, with guitarist and vocalist Arron Cornall wearing what looks like a velvet cape and a ruffled shirt and at least two of his three bandmates being similarly over-dressed (one sports a luxurious moustache and tinted red glasses). It’s like John Lennon, Lindsey Buckingham and Gene Clark have formed a supergroup.
Not really, it’s just Calleloween: this mob launch their new album Body Discovery while a big audience of friends and local fans act out their dressing-up urges. Result: a good night out that dances over a stream of genres from days gone by, from power-pop to classic AOR. There’s a youthful energy to Callel’s sound, but the influence of parental record collections is apparent on songs like ‘Best Foot on the Ground’ and ‘Body Discovery’ itself. Yes, the sound of Fleetwood Mac and The Byrds is in there, but there’s also some Simon and Garfunkel in Cornall’s folk-toned voice and the kind of exuberant electronic pop you’d find on the soundtrack to a John Hughes film. Fun, retro and not overly serious, this band are still very good at what they do.