Blood Relatives - King Tut’s, Glasgow, Sat 7 Sep 2013
The folk-poppers formerly known as Kitty and the Lion are on top form
On their first proper tour since rebranding themselves (they used to be Kitty the Lion, don’t you know), Glasgow’s folk-pop favourites Blood Relatives are using this hometown stop as a launch for new single ‘Deerheart’.
The band’s on top form, despite the absence of Callum Wiseman and Stewart Brock (who’re off gallivanting in other band Prides), with newly recruited keyboardist Mick Abubakar and guitarist Ryan Joseph Burns executing the a cappella harmonies beautifully, particularly on the likes of opener ‘Fowl Mouth’ and the hauntingly beautiful ‘Bird Flu’.
Ahead of its October release, the band perform their debut album, also called Deerheart, in its entirety, showcasing the body positive ‘Bone Idol’, eerie hoedown number ‘A Murder of Crows’ and infectious anti-stoner single ‘Dead Hip’. Throughout the set, frontwoman Anna Meldrum’s soft voice simultaneously melts souls and warms hearts, her natural talent shining through during ‘Cold Fish’ and acoustic ballad ‘Cheek By Jowl’.
Logically, the band end on the bright and shimmering ‘Deerheart’, further showing their live versatility when it comes to style and dynamics and, with Tut’s packed to the rafters, it’s clear – even before next month’s album launch – that the band already have a great support behind them.