Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - Òran Mór, Glasgow, Tue 14 Jan 2014
Even in the face of the odd hiccup, the ex-Pavement man and his songs continue to age pretty damn well
After drifting through the muddiest front-of-house sound this side of mic-ing up a puddle, it took Stephen Malkmus and his faithful Jicks until around the first triumphant chorus of ‘Cold Son’, five songs in, to dig themselves out of an unfortunate hole at the Òran Mór. But they did it.
Modern Malkmus classics ‘Tigers’ and ‘Tune Grief’ had already all but drowned alongside new songs ‘Cinnamon and Lesbians’ and ‘Chartjunk’, but after battling their cruel sound demons, the band started to deservedly hit their stride.
‘Stick Figures in Love’ and ‘Share The Red’ from 2011’s Mirror Traffic finally showed off the band’s dextrous playing and ramshackle jamming prowess before perfectly setting up a solid version of ‘Lariat’ – perhaps the finest melodic moment on new album Wig Out At Jagbags, and easily among the best tonight.
This trend continued with ‘Houston’s Hades’ and ‘Surreal Teenagers’ flying the flag high for the Jicks’ latest effort before a welcome surprise encore of Pavement’s ‘Harness Your Hopes’ followed by ‘Church on White’ from Malkmus’ first solo record – proving that even in the face of the odd hiccup or fuck up, these songs, and indeed Malkmus himself, continue to age pretty damn well.