With a line up that included Rozi Plain, Happy Spendy and Savage Mansion, it was practically impossible to refuse a gig ticket to a Celtic Connections event, come Lost Map Records event, come debut Underachievers Club event. Some might say with this line-up that the club were not living up to their name, as it was such a lovely afternoon and evening of top music entertainment.
Encountering Happy Spendy first, but sadly the very end of their set, I was nicely warmed up by their ambient sounds for the much anticipated Rozi Plain set. This being her first in Glasgow since her signing to Memphis Industries and the release of first single, Symmetrical, from the new album, What A Boost, there were many keen to see what new stuff she had in store with her band set up. Incorporating Amaury Ranger and Gerard Black from Francois & the Atlas Mountains, as well as Rachel Horwood from Bas Jan, Jamie Whitby Coles on drums, she possibly had one of her best band arrangements yet, and the set was frightfully good.
Performing new tracks, Swing Shut, Trouble, Conditions, and the recently released Symmetrical, we were given a lovely taster of the album to come out in Spring, but also indulged by old favourites, Actually and Jogalong. Despite forgetting the lyrics half way through Actually, the humour injected to the moment made it one to be regaled, moving on from Lost Map to Memphis, with that clear understanding that she will still be involved with Lost Map.
Next up were a band from Leeds called Mush, a band you could predict were from Leeds, clearly with a fondness for bands like The Strokes, that grungy, raw underground sound. Performing tracks such as As If and Gig Economy, the three lads from Mush have influences that clearly stretch back as Can and The Velvet Underground, but unfortunately I could not quite engage with their efforts.
Savage Mansion, the four-piece based between Glasgow and Paisley were next to perform, killing tracks from their new album to be released in February, Revision Ballads. Performing Elwood, Older & Wiser and No Flags, we were indulged to a very gritty, guitar-heavy punk set, a real joy from Craig Angus and pals. Co-hosting the gig, Crag, whose birthday it was on the day, had much to say about all those involved, making you feel that tad bit more involved in the night.
Rounding the night all off were Glasgow-based queer pop band The Spook School, treating us to tracks such as Binary, Alive and Body, before the wonderful day of music came to a close.
Do look out for that Rozi Plain album in Spring though, it’s a cracker judging by this set.
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