The Sexual Objects (5 stars)

New Breed @ The Vic Café, Glasgow School of Art, Sat 7 Jun

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The Sexual Objects

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‘Play it a bit more Todd Rungren, baby.’ Not words you hear at every art school hop, but it’s what Fire Engines/Heartbeat/Win/The Nectarine No 9 guitarist and guiding light Davy Henderson drawls to drummer Ian Holford after stopping a song just a few notes in on this, The Sexual Objects’ low-key live debut.

Suited and booted for the occasion, Henderson, Holford, guitarist Simon Smeeton and bassist/Creeping Bent guru Douglas McIntyre – a classic quartet, Nectarine survivors all – serve up six perfectly crafted vignettes with cool-handed brio. From sex-on-legs single ‘Full Penetration’ and its flip ‘Boycow’ to low-slung slow burner ‘Merrie England,’ a frighteningly assured amalgam of freakbeat garage glam and east coast cool ensues.

Laced with a side order of four-part doo-wop, it duly causes a pair of polka-dotted divas to wig out awhile. Which, with electronic dreamscapers Boards of Canada on production duties for the next record, proves Henderson and co are still the best rock’n’roll band on this or any other planet.

The Sexual Objects

Fire Engines frontman Davey Henderson's new band headline with special guests Vic Godard, Jock Scott and Gareth Sager.

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