The Apple Scruffs
13th Note, Glasgow, Fri 1 Feb
The original Apple scruffs used to hang around waiting to meet The Beatles, and tonight the devotion was so intense that you could have been forgiven for thinking that the door to the 13th Note was a portal to the fab four playing at the Cavern Club at the height of their fame.
Rammed to capacity, the air was soon as swelteringly humid as the tunes were frenetic, the crowd of loyal followers turning what is an intimate venue at the best of times into either a heaving moshpit or crowded dancefloor, depending if you’re a boy or a girl. Or how much cider you’d had.
That these Glaswegians cite Primal Scream, The Stone Roses and Oasis as influences comes as no surprise, combining raw, rough around the edges rock’n’roll with a smart, belligerent swagger and fused to hummable Fratelli-style melodies. But it’s another band on their list, The Libertines, that seem to have been the biggest inspiration, both in terms of breakneck tunes and the dedication they inspire, which The Scruffs push to 11 on the hysteria scale.