King Tut’s, Glasgow, Sun 1 Oct
Launched earlier this year by the King Tut’s venue, Your Sound is a networking opportunity for local acts to come face-to-face with industry figures. Part-indie club night, part-networking soirée and part promo shindig, Your Sound launched Term Two with a congratulatory gig featuring acts from Term One.
Hosted by XFM DJ Jim Gellatly, the night began with the folk sounds of Chris Flew AKA Theonewhoflew (4 stars). Slightly misplaced on a comparatively raucous bill, there was, nevertheless, some emotive and considered songwriting at play.
Next up were North Atlantic Oscillation (4 stars), a duo who deliver, by their own admission, electronic rock. Ignoring the awful connotations that brings, the pair deftly meld laptop effects to a rock template, the band brimming with ideas but never at the expense of the songs.
Initially plagued by a broken drum pedal, The Heebie Jeebies (3 stars), admirably soldiered on. Musically, they’re fairly standard indie-rock bolstered by the addition of some crafty keyboard parts. Anyone think keyboards are in this year?
And look, here’s another one. Thankfully, The Yellow Bentines (4 stars) frontman knows how to actually play and doesn’t just bash out new rave hooks. It’s difficult to pin-down their appeal, but the addition of a horn section, some skanking dance moves and well-timed handclaps points to a band sticking two fingers up to conformity. Definitely fitting that description are The Invisibles (3 stars), whose indie rock strutted along nicely but lacked any real conviction.
Very much a band of the moment, The Dykeenies (4 stars) tick all the right boxes, being image-wise and with de rigueur, techno hooks. They put on a tight performance, and to give them their due, their material is strong. But if there’s a nagging doubt, and there is, it’s about how genuine it all is. But with world domination seemingly round the corner for the Lanarkshire fivesome, does it even matter?