Montreal-based five-piece Pottery oh so recently released their debut EP, No.1, with much acclaim (I noted comparisons to Devo and Orange Juice) and coming straight from Brighton’s The Great Escape, took themselves to Glasgow’s Hug and Pint to promote this new record. Supported by Glasgow-based synth duo, Pocket Knife, and Yakima, there was a varied sound to the evening, which made for an intriguing night in Glasgow’s West-end venue.
First on was the whimsical, synth-pop duo Pocket Knife, Michael Nimmo adorning a red dress and fishnet tights whilst playing bass, and Louise Conner attired in a pale grey suit and silk shirt on vocals and choreography. Singing about anything from the way people hold those fish on those fishing magazines to custard creams, the combination of her vocals, his bass, the synth sounds and occasional disco ball created a set intended to get the audience dancing. However lacking in fancy footwork, there were indeed smiles on the crowd’s faces as they witnessed Louise perform a fun half-English, half-French rendition of ABBA’s Mamma Mia.
Yakima, a four-piece with somewhat of a Yo La Tengo sound performed a plethora of tracks including I’m Happy. Tight, psychedelic with a female drummer, fabulous, it’s great to see a band take their craft serious and play a wonderfully tight set.
Pottery, the five piece, kicked off their set late, exclaiming “now it’s going to get silly,” and I witnessed the atmosphere in the room quickly change as the half-filled Hug and Pint started dancing and heckling, more than happy to let things get indeed, silly. Very much promoting their new EP, they performed a forty-five minute intense, energetic set that included Smooth Operator, Hank Williams and The Craft. And smooth operators they were with what looked like the drummer leading the band, and lead singer Austin Boylan create somewhat of a Ian Curtis erratic presence of stage. With a sound comparable to Orange Juice and yet also The Strokes, reliant on the bass and drums, they also highlight tonight that they can swerve their sound with a bit of funky-bass and tambourine, keeping it interesting.
With a clear interest in counterculture and many head nods with the sound to suggest as much, it’s hardly surprising to hear the band exclaim about Buckfast and get down and filthy with this short set. I’m intrigued as to where next they will go, another class act from Montreal.