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Lemon Drink / Loudmammoth / Grayling

Glasgow The Poetry Club (Saturday March 14th 2020)

By • Apr 5th, 2020 • Category: Gig review

The signs were all there but it still seems incredible that this may be the last live gig for BM until… WHEN?

In the first weekend of widespread panic buying it would seem more appropriate that the promoters rename themselves Last Bogroll in Glasgow for the evening. The gig was sold out and it is really a great wee space, only 15mins walk from SEC train station by the way…

Grayling opened proceedings – new to BM but sounded pretty good, just the singer, the guitar and the songs – she did among others ‘Be Mine’, a thoughtful ballad, and ‘The Old Hairdressers’ which was a mid-paced strum, about maybe the possibilities of things – one to watch anyway, very interesting…

Next up were Loudmammoth, a combo from Newcastle who are already familiar to the LNFG audience. They played eight tracks tonight, jangly when required but with some eccentric drumming patterns and keyboard dinks – highlights were probably ‘Enough’, ‘Let Go’ and ‘In Blue’ (both previous singles). With the female lead vocals there are some echoes of maybe The Sundays and several Sarah Records bands, no bad thing at all – the overall effect is very catchy tunes and four band members really enjoying playing this stuff – all in all great to listen to!

And onto the headliners Lemon Drink, launching their new EP ‘Better Run’. The LNFG-signed four piece did a great set comprising all four tracks from the EP plus six others including ‘Talk’ and ‘Mercury’. It was a fine shift of great indiepop, with some great playing and plaudits must go to all members. Sophie’s voice and lyrics are amazing, Kirstie’s guitar playing and backing vocals ably back this up, while bassist Lauren and drummer Harry provide a very solid and inspiring backline. Their influences appear to be maybe Sleater Kinney, The Banshees and even The Smiths and The Primitives… There are songs of frustration, bad or idiot boyfriend,s and just getting by…

And so ended the last gig for quite some time – stay safe people in lockdown and celebrate, like really celebrate the next time something like this can happen…

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