Due to my usual shit time keeping the first band of the night for me was Paisley’s Carnivores. I’ve caught this trio before and they’ve always seemed well into what they are doing, but nothing quite like this. Frontman Kenny Leckie was seriously pumped up, setting about opening tracks An Artists Impression Of Ted Heath and John Actor Is Monkfish like a man on a mission, and getting the crowd going between tunes.
Carnivores are a fierce prospect live; there are no interlude tracks to slow things down, just a high-octane assault on the senses throughout, littered with quality, banging tunes.
The epic Black Rain Purple Sabbath was the final number as the band set about finishing in style. The killer riff and hefty chorus of the early parts soon gave way to a full on barrage of a finish with Leckie up on the barriers capping a seriously impressive set.
The next slot was always going to be a tricky one, but you couldn’t pick a better band for it than Penguins Kill Polar Bears.
The opening bars to Lungs helped build the tension, before this new track burst into life like a controlled explosion. It’s the first time I’ve seen this song live, but it’s already one of the highlights of their set.
This is a band with some major firepower and starting off with two new tracks showed that their arsenal is expanding impressively.
The Dawn EP got a good airing on the night with In Everything sounding particularly mighty. The sequence at the end where the drums step up is a subtle and brilliant moment, and one that really makes their live set for me.
Homebound and Sandcastles appeared late in proceedings meaning there was no drop in quality as the Edinburgh four-piece showed why they are rightfully one of the most revered live bands about.
There was just enough time for Something Old, a new track to me, and one that built to a brilliant finish.
Headliners for the night were Airdrie 6 piece Flood Of Red. I saw this band in the same venue a little over a year ago, and was left a bit unconvinced by them, but I enjoyed their set a lot more this time.
They’re a band that are doing well for themselves right now and their live sound has certainly come a long way since the last time I was in the crowd.
They have some pretty big numbers at their disposal and previous single A Place Before The End played a big part in the early section of the set flying by.
The highlight of their 40 minute outing was undoubtably Home, Run (1997). The crowd got involved singing back and showing their appreciation for a song that has become a bit of an anthem.
Flood Of Red fairly get stuck in on stage, treating the raised area like a bouncy castle during songs, and flying about with a reckless abandon that somehow didn’t result in a guitar-caused decapitation. It’s the kind of stage display that puts a smile on your face and draws you into a band.
The set was made up mainly of tracks from their self-released debut album, but they found time to play a few new numbers which slipped in seamlessly and went down well.
The band did seem to slow down a bit, as did their set, which was probably to save it for one last push on the final track. Frontman Jordan Spiers told the crowd that this was the last time they would be performing Little Lovers (I think) in this way, and his meaning became evident when himself and the keys player both took up drums to pelt in the finale.
It was quite similar to what the Xcerts did whilst on tour with FOR about a year ago, but it did see them to go out with a bang and mirrored the video to the single.
A big thanks to Jamie Turner for the photos. You can see more of his work on his website.