Live review: DARC, Mickey 9s, Tisoki at The Art School, 1/3/12

Tonight’s gig is a rather odd mix of performances, up first is Edinburgh-based DJ and producer Tisoki, whose set is bass heavy mixture of electro and dubstep which sounds like it should be keeping people dancing into the early hours, not opening a Thursday night gig.


However, it goes down well with the few spectators who have headed down early enough to catch him in action.

Next on are Glasgow’s own Mickey 9s, an eccentric mixture of RATM-style guitar, Electric Six-esque comical lyrics and incredible stage presence.

Their funky bass-lines are accompanied by the lively dancing of the lead singer/guitarist, who dons a mask for the entire gig, offset by a pair of standard trackies that give the whole outfit a very surreal look.

The set list, which includes the energy –filled ‘Sprechen Sie Deutsch’ and the rarely played ‘No Fear Shakespeare’, a slower number for Mickey 9s but still a full-on tune for any other band, is finished with an impressive Daft Punk medley and their best-known song, ‘Find a Thing’.

The amusing lyrics and vigorous dancing that make up their final tune are typical of what Mickey 9s are about, but really this is a band that has to be seen to be believed, and are well worth checking out wherever they’re playing.

Finally, Edinburgh four-piece DARC take to the stage and draw the largest crowd launching straight into an explosion of electronic and guitar-infused noise.

Although the guitar and vocals are occasionally lost in the booming drumming the crowd are more than happy to dance away, with instrumental and vocal tracks both getting a fair reception.

The electronic/dubstep/metal fusion is punctuated with the occasional lifting melody, including  a sample of ‘Insomnia’ by Faithless, and the band finish with as much energy as they began.

Words: Katherine Haig


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