Mission of Burma - Mono, Glasgow, Wed 5 Dec 2012 (5 stars)

The US post-punk trio deliver raw, sweat-drenched show at Glasgow's Mono

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Mission of Burma - Mono, Glasgow, Wed 5 Dec 2012

Few bands can split at the height of their popularity, lay low for 20 years, only to reunite and spend the next decade touring the world, cranking out a new record every two years; each better than the last. But few bands are quite like Mission of Burma.

On their long-awaited return to Glasgow, they command the city’s prime cultural hub, Mono, for a rare but well-attended show, with messrs Conley, Miller and Prescott about two inches from the crowd. Looking like teen boys despite edging into their 50s, Mission of Burma’s core trio (with Shellac/Volcano Suns’ Bob Weston working the desk and tape loops) are simply crushing from the get-go. Opening with ‘Second Television’ from this year’s Unsound, they blast out song-after-song of career-spanning brilliance with a fervour and energy that belies their age. They quip, jump, headbang, sloppily fall over themselves – literally and figuratively – and take turns blasting out lead vocals, operating as a raw and democratic unit. By the time they hit second-encore ‘That’s How I Escaped My Certain Fate’, the crowd is as gravel-throated and sweaty as the band, but my God is it worth it.

Mission of Burma - That's How I Escaped My Certain Fate

Mission of Burma

Complex angular post-punk from the Boston legends.

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