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04/06/2011 | Electric Honey Showcase – Oran Mor, Glasgow

Eliza Lofthouse


Without a doubt the best gig venue in Glasgow’s West End, Miniature Dinosaurs opened the stage at Oran Mor for Electric Honey Record’s Showcase of four locally sourced bands.  Their set was more polished than my previous encounter with them supporting Young The Giant, and they looked very much at home on stage.  They ended with the crowd’s favourite Fight or  Flight which had the growing crowd dancing from start to finish. The single’s available to download and is a must for your summer jukebox!

With a short interlude and change of pace, French Wives opened with Sink or Swim whilst the curtain was still opening. Lyrics were folky and romantic, ‘when I close my eyes I can’t help dreaming about you’.  What seemed like too brief a set ended with Needing Me, housing one of the most catchy choruses I’ve heard in a long time, ‘I think my body’s giving up on me..’ 24 hours on, it’s the song of the night my memory revisits.

The highlight of the night was most definitely folk rock six-piece Woodenbox with A Fistful of Fivers, so much so that I went to see them the next day at The West End Festival’s Street Party with friends! They appeal to a wide crowd, with provocative lyrics and electrifying energy and chemistry on stage. Lead vocals were a cross between Johnny Cash and Paolo Nutini, yet still felt original. ‘I’ve found a way of making more money, it’s cost me a fortune’ was in keeping with lyrics about religion, love, life and death. They’re most definitely a band I would never tire of listening to, and are great for getting a party started!

The night ended with White Heath’s album launch, Take No Thought for Tomorrow. The Edinburgh-based band met at Oran Mor four years previous for a gig and described the night as a homecoming for them. They played their album in full, and shocked me with how unusual their sound was. The tempo changed often, with the crowd responding to faster songs like 7.38 and DJ, but at times it was a little slow. The instrumentals were beautiful, particularly with the intelligent move of violin and trombone solos in many of their songs. The audience was at times a little chatty but the band took control of this and silenced the room with vocals and harmonies which I could imagine working in both larger and smaller venues.

Electric Honey Records have been credited with supporting early releases of Biffy Clyro, Belle and Sebastian and Snow Patrol; it would come as no surprise to me if one or more of tonight’s acts will be as highly regarded in the not too distant future. Further to this, The West End Festival is sure to churn up more local talent worth giving up your summer evenings for!