Wednesday, April 04, 2012
A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF GIGS : WEEK 13 : A GREAT LAST MINUTE SHOUT
REVIEW OF THE PLIMPTONS/WE ARE THE PHYSICS/GIROBABIES - STEREO, GLASGOW - 31 MARCH 2012
This one was a late decision made on the train back after a day out in Dundee. I was keen to see The Plimptons having originally planned to catch them at the 13th Note at the end of January, which was shelved due to JC unfortunately having to deal with a moggy emergency.
Arriving off the train I headed straight to Stereo just in time to see the second support band Girobabies take the stage (having missed the opening act, Cracktown). A three piece, my notes from the night have them down as a heavier version of The Proclaimers, due to their vocals being in a strong Scots brogue. Midway through their set it was announced that two thirds of the band were unknown to each other, with the drummer being introduced to the bassist on stage, as clearly some members of the band had failed to show. They were also joined for some impromptu beat boxing from members of the opening act Cracktown. The closing song Jeremy Kyle is Fucking My Wife being the highlight of the somewhat shambolic set.
Next up were Glasgow band We Are The Physics, a name I was familiar with, though can't recall if I'd seen them before or not. Dressed as science geeks with Buddy Holly specs, they made a pleasing and enjoyable racket. They gave off plenty of energy and seemed to be having a great deal of fun up on stage which the audience members seemed to pick up on.
I then moved down to the front for the headline act, The Plimptons. Hailing from Motherwell, they exemplify a real DIY aesthetic. My interest in them was first piqued when JC described them as "a kind of Scottish Half Man Half Biscuit", and being a big fan of the aforementioned, this made me want to check them out. This evening was the launch night of their latest album Cynical and Bloated, each ticket holder getting a free copy on entry, which I thought was very generous.
Like the act before them on stage this evening, they gave off a great amount of energy and were clearly having a great time. They even had their own 'Bez' who provided some tremendous dancing cameos during a couple of the songs. They certainly enjoyed getting in amongst the audience, with the two main lead singers spending more time off stage than on.
Although clearly not taking themselves in anyway seriously, I thoroughly enjoyed the set, as they do have some good tunes and very amusing lyrics. Concluding on a track about Margaret Thatcher, they invited the audience up on to the stage, with about 30 or so folk taking them up on this for a raucous finale, and a fitting end to the evening.
I for one am now away to check out their back catalogue.........
Aldo, Wednesday 4 April 2012
And from the afore-mentioned back catalogue, and the 2004 LP The Songs of Ignorance and Of Inexperience
mp3 : The Plimptons - Britpop
mp3 : The Plimptons - Realm O Majick
Now some promos:-