This Saturday night gig was part of Freakender, a series of shows held throughout May with an emphasis on garage and psych music. The trio involved with putting these shows on do so throughout the year culminating in a Freakender festival in September.
First up was Close Reading, a tight knit energetic threesome with some Nirvana-esque riffs thrown in for good measure. They appeared to be shifting seamlessly from one tempo to another, tying their tunes together and getting the crowd going in the process.
Kaputt were next, are a relatively new band which brings together members from a number of other Glasgow acts like Breakfast Muff, Hairband and The Bellybuttons. This incarnation sees them blend their respectives styles of energetic guitar pop with a nice touch of a saxophone added.
Then it was the turn of Duds, who arrived on stage all dressed in matching uniforms, right down to their footwear and large pin badges emblazoned “immediate”. Duds are a six-piece from Manchester, emerging from the DIY scene in the city. They released their debut album Of a Nature or Degree at the end of 2017 on Castle Face records, the first UK band to sign for the label that’s also home to Thee Oh Sees and Ty Seagall. They’ve been on the receiving end of accolades from BBC Radio 6’s Marc Riley and Colin Newman from Wire, who are both fans.
Theirs is a post-punk, industrial sound with the extra nuances of trumpets and cowbells, which they delivered in a stop-start energetic set that saw plenty multi-tasking from the band members. They had a tight togetherness while playing their off-beat rhythms which delighted the crowd while bringing to mind the post-punk styles of Devo or A Certain Ratio. With their label backing they’re in good hands, and I can see them going on to bigger things.