If you meander through the internet searching Young Fathers and Glasgow’s Barrowlands certain words come up like “massive,” “gig of the year” and “amazing” and seeing the band in Glasgow’s top notch venue, I can conceive why. Young Fathers, formed in Edinburgh and with recent release, Cocoa Sugar, out, were on top form at this gig in rival city, Glasgow. in fact, they contentiously exclaimed, “I know we’re from Edinburgh, but tonight we’re not,” psyching up this diverse, energised crowd, adorning both beanies and pork pie hats. There was a bonding admiration for the four on stage, as they ploughed through their albums, focussing on their most obvious release.
WWWater were the only support for the band, hitting the stage at 8:30pm, a great warm up for the boys appealing to those that enjoy electronic and ambient genres but occasionally they would drop a rude bass. With LCD Soundsystem cow bells thrown in, this Belgian band was up for a party as soon as they hit the stage. Their verve was fierce. If you think Faithless with elements of FKA Twigs, you might be able to harbour a guess as to this band’s sound, but performer Charlotte Adigéry really hit the right note to culminate the vibe required for this kind of gig. Bouncing with enthusiasm, Glasgow itself put on a show for the Edinburgh lads, enticing them back no doubt.
With an immensely intense entrance, they kicked off their show with a strong performance of What A Time To Be Alive/Wire before kicking into their popular Queen Is Dead from their 2013 album, Tape Two. Promoting their new album Cocoa Sugar, the lads played tracks like Toy, Holy Ghost, Tremolo and Wow, curating a bouncy, dance hall in the Barrowlands that evening, in between Kayus Bankole’s “photo moments.” The three oozed with charisma, particularly Kayus and Alloysious Massaquoi, walking on stage with a wide-brimmed hat and references to Cab Calloway. The audience peaked from as soon as Get Up sparked their ears, and have a party they did. However, it was not just Cocoa Sugar they indulged us with, as White Men Are Black Men featured heavily in their set. Rain or Shine sparked the crowd as did Old Rock’n’Roll. In fact there was not a single track that failed to excite the fans. Even when attempting to dilute the atmosphere with tracks like Low, the crowd were going crazy to the lyrics, “The shine is truly faded, relieved of his duties, behind the veil is fury, inadmittent optimist, undercover pessimist.”
Concluding their set with God Only Knows and Lord before stamping an intense show with their rhythmic, pacey Shame, they hit a climax. Visceral, rambunctious and enigmatic, these boys will be gracing the stages of dance halls for years to come yet (well, fingers crossed).
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