Olympic Swimmers and Song Of Return - Both bands struggle with the awkward set-up
Flat 0/1, Glasgow, Sat 4 Dec
The cramped interior of Bath Street’s Flat 0/1 makes for a rubbish music venue. What may normally make the bar kitschy and cute does not lend itself well to a gig setting; a bath suspended from a ceiling and a double bed only further lessen space.
With no stage, the bands set up shop next to the front door. Anybody keen enough to squeeze up the long, narrow room to pay proper attention is interrupted every time somebody exits for a fag. Olympic Swimmers (below) tackle the makeshift sound system with aplomb. Their shoe-glancing indie translates well to the slightly shambolic set-up, reverb trails and introspective lyrical content.
Meanwhile, Song of Return’s driving, instinctive stick work and mixture of live and synthetic percussion provides a structural lynchpin for their tightly woven Nine Inch Nails-style soundscapes. Yet, despite the obvious calibre of the players involved, both bands struggle with the awkward set-up, leaving patrons with little doubt that this gig could have been much more rewarding if it had been situated almost anywhere else but here.