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Vital Idles

Glasgow 13th Note (Friday 31st August 2018)

By • Sep 15th, 2018 • Category: gig reviews

This was a punt gig – BM loved Vital Idles support slot for Frabbits back in 2016, and had not heard too much since. So they were supporting an American band (here on holiday and playing some gigs), along with James from The Pooches in first support slot. The 13th Note, whose doors BM had not darkened for a good few years, was hoaching (although enquiries, ok asking the nearest friendly looking guy, revealed that around half the audience was there due to a “works nite oot” (so quaint but they still happen in this digital age) and the “leaver” had said “fuck a boring meal, we are going to see some bands I like” – so there were a few people there not quite with the programme, but not a problem…

James from the Pooches played a good set, although BM did not see it all (mixing, and going upstairs for a blow, not that kind of blow you naughty boys etc) – it sounded languid, laid back and interesting, no song names known but the “leaver” was there for him and loved it…

So Vital Idles are still the same line-up and sound like Magazine with Poly Styrene on vocals, or possibly early Banshees… BM’s enquiries have confirmed that they don’t even listen to this kind of shit, so maybe it comes naturally… Tess on vocals goes between Lydon on Poptones and Claire Grogan (‘Dead Pop Stars’ era) and the drums. bass and guitar are turned up to the max and do their thing in full effect.

The sum of it is a truly incredible racket, a post-punk thrash updated, and songs like ‘My Sentiments’ are ballsy, attitude-laden and really are the shit. This was a ten song set – hard to any of these songs online with the exception of ‘Sentiments’ – anyway, they held BM’s full attention for those ten songs, and BM even found herself giving them career advice at the end, probably completely ill-advised, but love this band – they don’t get enough gigs, they don’t plan enough, they probably need a manager, and BM now had enough nous to recommend a few, that career advice again…

Try to see them before BM’s advice either splits them up or makes them superstars!

And the American headliners (Real Numbers) were v. good as well, but not what BM came for…

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