Launching their new album, A Talent for Being Unreasonable, Glasgow’s indie-pop four-piece, wojtek the bear, performed in Glasgow’s iconic King Tuts to a rather packed room of friends and fans, putting the icing on the album-launching cake, so to speak. Supported by Stitch Records’ Dante, it was quite the bill for Scottish talent, and great to see two, albeit diverse and varied, tight bands perform at this renowned venue.
wojtek the bear launched their new record through Scottish Fiction that very day so with a weighted promotion and unveiling, they were keen to let their loved ones and listeners in on the new secret, performing tracks such as Made Out of Maps, Waves and Postcode. Graham, Martin, Paul and Tam unassumingly hit the stage to perform the tracks, take the heckles and remind their fans of the talent that is at the core of the band, of “their ideas above their station.”
But first on was six-piece Dante, who, using every inch of that stage were there too to inform us of their recent release, I Wear Your Weight with Mine. Craig, Stephen, Sean, Vicky, Ruaridh and Stuart tightly held their own on that stage as they performed tracks like Sermons, which not only demonstrated their rhythm but also reminded us of that they are more than familiar with their instruments including Stephen on the mandolin. Reminiscent at times of Twin Atlantic, Dante are clearly an established outfit that are set for lovely things, should they continue to work as hard as they presently seem to be doing.
Next up were wojtek, with vocals that touched on Del Amitri and quality song-writing, lyrical with metaphor, aided by the two guitars, bass and drums. Having worked with Catholic Action’s Chris McCrory, sought after Scottish producer at present, to create and produce this record, the band were clearly keen to impress with their debut record, pulling out the stops. With elements of shoegaze, indie-pop and yet folk lyricism to wojtek there is plenty going on there. Martin (drummer) and Tam (vocalist) dodged the heckles whilst on stage, mostly about getting naked, and there was a plethora of Scottish banter evident as the lads performed their album tracks. This, however, clearly was a room full of support and so, a warm feeling dispensed, elevating the gig but perhaps providing them with a little too much comfort as they graced the stage. A band to keep on the radar, certainly.
A Talent for Being Unreasonable was released via Scottish Fiction on 25th May.