Bwani Junction - King Tut’s, Glasgow, Fri 7 Jan
Fresh guitar-pop sound from Edinburgh's Bwani Junction
A new year’s musical fad is generally to copy one of the last year’s successes, and Edinburgh’s Bwani Junction (perhaps named after George Cukor’s 1956 movie Bhowani Junction?) don’t entirely dodge that accusation. Four handsome and well-spoken young men who went to the exclusive Merchiston Castle School – they look like they’ve barely left, if at all – their sound incorporates Afrobeat and, during ‘My Body, My Mind’, what singer Rory Fairweather jokingly describes as ‘mental shmental’ oriental styles into a fresh guitar-pop sound. The subtitle ‘Scotland’s Vampire Weekend’ surely awaits.
Which would be a good place to leave it, were they not so dazzlingly good. Incorporating meaningful lyrics (‘Leave your pride down at your ankles’ from opener ‘Bianco’s’ is an early attention-grabber, while ‘Today’s Crusades’ is an anti-war protest) with a distinct and unforced Scottish flavour (Fergus Robson’s breastbone-shaking bass on ‘Middle Meadow’ recalls the exuberant, upbeat pop of Orange Juice), this is a band to listen closely to and to party along with. This country will surely produce few better in 2011.
King Tut’s, Glasgow, Fri 7 Jan