Waiting in the wings, for their go on stage, following another soothing Siobhan Wilson set, Paisley rockers The Vegan Leather, sat eagerly in the shadows of the Spielgeltent. They appeared adorning matching black jackets, freshly branded with eye-catching metallic pink The Vegan Leather logo.
Bouncing onto the stage with all the vigour of a newly formed biker gang, they slammed straight into it, cheered on by fellow local rockers Catholic Action. They belted out toe tappers such as Days Go By, and the ground thumping Shake It. And if you’ve not yet seen the video for Days Go By, it’s one of the quirkiest music videos I’ve enjoyed in a long time, the dark humour reminding me of Roald Dahl’s The Twits.
The Vegan Leather were formed in Paisley during 2014, and have subsequently gone onto to support stars such as Paolo Nutini for the Edinburgh Hogmanay party, and have also played at the prestigious London Roundhouse, more recently the King Tuts stage at TRNSMT 2017.
Brought together at a young age, through charities such as Create Paisley and Tommy McGrory’s School of Rock, The Vegan Leather are one of Scotland’s most interesting young acts and are right in amongst the town’s recently revived music scene, gathering momentum for Paisley’s bid for City of Culture 2021.
Proudly performing to a home crowd as part of Paisley’s Spree Festival, now in it’s sixth year, The Vegan Leather joined BBC Scotland’s radio host Vic Galloway in the towns County Square for an evening of fine up-and-coming talent. Playing to a captivated audience Gian, Marie, Matt and Duncan had their fans practically pulling yoga moves on the dance floor before the night was over. This young band’s energy is certainly contagious; some have previously referred to them as Scotland’s answer to Arcade Fire. This talented bunch have the charm and ability to make their mark in a competitive industry, as their development of a unique sound is already obvious. Not fearful of experimenting with improvised instruments, a doctored computer game keytar was playfully announced and summoned onto the stage like the “dove from above”, by singer Gian.
A good-time band, with bags of talent and energy, this young foursome of Buddies did not disappoint, leaving their audience buzzing with enthusiasm for Paisley’s 2021 bid, and keen to hear more from The Vegan Leather who are currently working on their first album release. With the hint of exciting gigs soon to be announced, I am keen to hear more from this quartet myself.
Tune into Vic Galloway’s BBC Radio Scotland show at 9pm tonight to hear the evenings performances recorded live on the night.