Posted by Katriona Gilmour.
Reviewed on 21st January 2013.
Live at The Library on Friday, 14th December 2012
Eskimo Fandango are first up and sounding a lot more together than the last time I saw them. They belt out a few catchy indie numbers and display great confidence despite a few minor mishaps! Luke (the lead singer) manages to switch off his microphone; however, we did get to hear his profanities as well as some good vocals and was a great start to the night. The lads definitely warmed the crowd nicely with some quality riffs and licks from the guitar, as well as a few unintentional laughs. Without a doubt the drums are one of the strengths that shine through in this band. Definitely check out 'Record Shops'.
Hitting the stage after a few days in the studio are Apollo's Basement. Looking and sounding pretty tight, I notice the bass clearly having fun, singing without the aid of a mic. Their sound is reminiscent, in parts, of an early Jack Penate in the rhythm and delivery of the vocal from the lead singer. With their family is out in force, (for probably the last gig before Christmas) full of the Christmas spirit, bust out a few moves...and despite their best efforts to put them off, they hold it together admirably. They crack a few (bad) jokes, but show that they are a band that can have fun, which engages the room. They finish with a song called 'Monsters' sounding very Arctic Monkeys. Thoroughly enjoying the night so far.
Next up are a personal favourite, St. Somebody, who deliver each time I see them and have grown in stature and confidence over this last year. Arley (lead guitar) looks so comfortable and is a joy to watch, you can clearly see how much he is loving tonight. Rob (lead singer) puts his heart and soul in to every performance and his different vocal style does set them apart from the crowd. This is demonstrated well in 'San Francisco', which has a great rhythm and a depth of tenderness to the vocal. They finish with a couple of new songs and there is something in particular about 'Insecure' that appeals to me. Closing their set with 'Lies', which has a great build up and as always, they thrash out a good tune. I expect we will hear a lot more from St Somebody in the future. An exciting prospect!
Last and loudest of the night, Carnabells kick off with 'Rock 'n' Roll Beat', proudly strutting on stage wearing a host of Double Denim like a uniform. Fronted by brothers, Luke and Mitch, they are a cohesive band, sitting somewhere in the region of The Strokes meets the Arctic Monkeys. They have an honest, yet gritty sound. I have to say, it is really great to see a rock band with a keyboard, who manage the fusion effortlessly. Rattling off tracks from their EP Rollercoaster, like seasoned professionals, each track one goes down well and they receive a warm reception from the audience. We are all happily bouncing along to their incredibly infectious rhythms, boundless energy and some pretty fierce drumming! Finishing off with a new track, 'Friend Request Sent', which had a hint of Paul Simon's 'You can Call me Al' about it. Carnabells rounded off a brilliant night! One thing is for sure, whatever these boys do, they hit it full force!! Attacking a venue near you soon
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