Treetop Flyers - Stereo, Glasgow, Sun 25 Sep
- Jo Bell
- 18 October 2011
West London's new darlings of country-folk
Emerging through a cough worthy amount of dry ice, talented Glaswegian’s Dirty Beggars kick-start a not so typical Sunday at Stereo; their striking country-folk set is a bluegrassy blend of plucked cello, mandolin strings, banjo and loveable vocal harmonies.
Rollicking folksters Woodenbox with a Fistful of Fivers’ dance-yer-socks-off mentality is a known characteristic of their live shows and their raucous support slot didn’t disappoint. A multi-instrumented hot-bed of jazz, country, rock sax and trumpet was layered across distinctive drawled vocals and thrashing drums – fused together by the band’s offbeat charisma. Fuelled by applause from a room full of happy, dancing people, a darker, grittier track, tinged with Moulin Rouge-esque drama, also hinted at innovative new material.
With their debut EP causing a post-Glasto stir, hippyish fivesome Treetop Flyers’ early plaudit that ‘Glasgow’s our favourite city in the world’ could be one to remember. They arrived on stage with a drum kit which, like a lot of their performance and appearance, screamed 70s and country soul songs chiming strongly of a different era – almost like stumbling across Neil Young with a full band and English accent. Their mellow, mellifluous music is full of lilting harmonies, guitar and soft drums. Highlights of the polished show included achingly romantic 'Rose Is In the Yard', new single 'It’s About Time' and 'Riverside'. Although it kind of leaves you wondering if you’ve heard it before, this is pleasant, if not groundbreaking music, delivered with conviction.