Casual Sex - Nice ‘n’ Sleazy, Glasgow, Fri 5 Apr 2013
Upcoming post-punk 4-piece stand out a mile in Glasgow's healthy band scene
The idea that Casual Sex are successors to Franz Ferdinand’s mantle as post-punk overlords of Glasgow has already been floated. But this lot are in a parallel universe of their own. To watch them is to be aware that something special’s undoubtedly on the cards. They’re too good and too idiosyncratic to drop into the toilet that is modern crossover indie-pop. Besides, any band which has to offer disclaimers before songs (‘National Unity’ is ‘not a right-wing song’; ‘What’s Your Daughter For?’ is ‘sexistly titled, but it’s not about that’) probably won’t make easy inroads to the kingdom of Cowell. From Sam Smith’s introductory scream, ‘Who wants to be sexy? I wanna be sexy!’, they are bloody brilliant. ‘National Unity’ itself is a quivering mass of punk-style sloganeering over a Magazine bassline, while ‘North’ hurtles through an urgent early Factory Records synth. ‘We’re All Here Mainly for the Sex’ sounds like Gang of Four on the dancefloor of Paradise Garage while ‘The Bastard Beat’ is a bitter rail against the corrupt and the seedy. Even amidst so many fantastic new Glasgow bands, they stand out by a mile.