Stephanie Cheape has certainly brought about a change, from the days of getting bullied for being ginger to headlining her first gig at the iconic Glasgow venue, King Tut’s, and in several days time, supporting Bryan Ferry at the Kelvingrove Bandstand at the end of July. And after witnessing this headlining gig, accompanied by full band, I would keep her on the radar, as there is clearly a drive and passion there for performing and the music. A classic four-piece, vocalist, drummer, guitar and bass there is an expected sound from them, although this has changed to somewhat of an edgier vibe. However, this could be more refined.
Supported by a plethora of artists including the quirky Scarlett Randle, the more poignant Liam Doyle, who gave a good attempt on the ivories as well as strumming his pathos, and the more upbeat Fraser Murray, an indie-pop act that held it together, it was late for their Blantyre pals to stick about and witness the band headline King Tuts. They certainly did, as the venue was crowded, and when the band came on all in black, an enthusiastic cheer erupted as their set kicked off with impact.
From opening the Scottish Music Awards, to more airplay on Capital FM and performing at the likes of Glen’s Party at the Palace, this band are quite clearly on the rise. With local lads, Don Wilson on drums, Garry Aird and Jonny Queen on bass and guitar, there is quite clearly a tight camaraderie around this band, and a mutual ambitious desire to reach further places. And no doubt this next gig supporting Bryan Ferry will be a belter for the band.
Bringing what they call dark pop to the venue the band are taking something new to their fans, which they certainly seem to enjoy. However, I am not so sure that altering their image is really what is needed here. The band are on form, Stephanie’s vocals have only grown stronger over time, but there is something missing, and it is not easy to fathom what that is. It’s the ease and the comfort in creating something that truly stems from you and who you are. Give them time and no doubt they will realise what this is but it does not feel like it is quite there.
That all said, their look and their sound is great, and I will be interested to see what happens next for this youthful band, who are evidently a talented crew.
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