Technophobes and Iamchemist (3 stars)


Oran Mor, Glasgow, Sun 16 Dec


Marty McFly was the only kid ever to get into trouble before he was born. Lamentably, I reckon I was the only person in the audience to get into trouble before either Technophobes or iamchemist were born.

But with age comes wisdom apparently and there was definitely a Back to the Future theme to both acts, with the former’s singer, clad in a white coat, part Marty, part Doc Brown, treating the assembled to some retro-futuristic gunshot beats and 80s keyboards.

A cover of ‘Girl Like You’ by Edwyn Collins was surprisingly close to the original, and their set ended with the statement that ‘this has been fun’. Indeed.

iamchemist continued the evening’s juddering electrobeats, the one-man ‘keytarist’ dishing out sweets to the audience (like panto!) between slightly camp robotic vocodery songs which all seemed to have been spawned by New Order’s ‘Temptation’.

Definitely not a bad thing, although other than a cover of Pulp’s ‘Babies’ which received a thorough reworking without losing its original spirit, telling any other two songs apart was on a par with achieving time travel itself.

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