A barrage of intense noise and energy greeted those down early enough to catch No Island. The band brought a fast-paced, aggressive Hardcore explosion that seemed to blow by.
Next up were the wonderfully named Cuddly Shark. Combining elements of punk, rock and country, the trio played a set mixed with bouncy numbers, sharp shouted vocals, and plenty of country influenced riffs.
Having only recently discovered The Darien Venture I was excited to see them in a live setting, and they did not disappoint. They use a host of weird time signatures and intricate, tricky riffs to create a captivating live show, with their four-part harmonies excellently showcasing their use of melody.
Finally, headliners tonight were Paisley’s finest (no not Paolo), Carnivores. Their set took heavily from the forthcoming debut album, which is set for a summer release, and if you’re a fan of heavy riffs, it’ll be one you’ll want to own.
Lion Tamer, a recent free download from the album (which you can get at the band’s Bandcamp), was an early crowd favourite showing that aside from all the riffs and insanity Carnivores have an ear for melody and pop sensibilities as well. This was also evident during the excellently titled True or False; Danny Glover is Getting Too Old For This Shit when frontman Kenny Leckie asked the crowd to join him in a “sing-along in 7/4 time”. Not quite Queen at Live Aid but they’re on their way.
Other new tracks included Acid Attack, Blood Bath, Diamonds Are Forever, (they do love a ridiculous title) where Leckie vocalised his distaste for Roger Moore films. The song also contains a riff as heavy as it is catchy which, will be one to look out for on the album.
Having seen Carnivores several times before I knew what to expect – a visceral, energetic performance – and this was typified by Leckie jumping on top of a speaker for a guitar solo at the end of Keeping Up Appearances. Set closer The River was a final taste of the upcoming release and provided a slow building, riff-filled finale. Impressive as always, these Carnivores managed to win over this vegan venue.
Review by Scott Logan
A big thanks to Neil Jarvie for the photos.