Live review: The History of Apple Pie, Life Model, The Mademoiselle, Owls In Antarctica at The Art School, 5/2/13

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Tonight the majority of Glasgow is camped inside the Barrowlands to catch current flavour of the month Two Door Cinema Club.

 

However, if you were to think that was the only thing going on in the city centre this windy Tuesday night – then you would be very sadly mistaken.

Tonight in The Art School we have the fantastic The History of Apple Pie celebrating their debut album, Out of View, which just earlier today hit #2 on the UK Record Store Album Chart.

Unfortunately for Owls In Antarctica they have probably played in front of more people at a glorified band practice, but that does not detract from a tight and professional set.

The sound and acoustics tonight are somewhat miffed and at times become lost in the vast empty room.

This was of no fault to the band and would become an unfortunate trend throughout the night.

For those who did pop down early, they were treated to a complete ear bashing of crashing vocals and encroaching detuned guitars.

Up next is The Mademoiselle who over the past few years has really evolved their sound into a solid and consistent machine.

Taking the disco pop of Franz Ferdinand and drenching it in melancholy condensed bass reminiscent of early Queens of the Stone Age – the boys really bring their A game tonight.

It is surely only a matter of time before these boys are headlining venues of this capacity and even larger on their own name.

Life Model suffer from a plethora of sound problems, which is unfortunate, because around those issues is a band who have a very immaculate and clean pop sound.

There is a lack of stage presence and sometimes it evolves into a bit of a stifling awkwardness, certainly not helped when the set is delayed due to the drum kick breaking.

It should be noted, though, that tonight is only the bands second gig.

That they come out the trenches barking with some fantastic melodies akin to classic Hole and Best Coast is something that should be applauded, especially in such harsh circumstances out with their control.

By the time The History of Apple Pie hit the stage tonight the venue is completely packed, that they clash with one of indies biggest commodities tonight and still come away with an ace stacked in the pack speaks volumes for the amount of intrigue and curiosity surrounding this lot at the moment.

It pains me to bark on about it, but the sound is absolutely awful and at worst condenses the beautiful vocals of Stephanie Min.

It is such a shame, because it does the glistening clean sunny sounds of the quintet absolutely no favours at all.

Thankfully songs such as ‘See You’ and ‘Do It Wrong’ swagger with so much charisma, that it not only eventually rises above the muffling sound but almost comfortably eradicates the issue.

There is a nostalgia and airiness to The History of Apple Pie, which transports right into the heart of the Brit Pop era in the mid 90s.

Between the hazy, delightful vocals and fuzzy warm guitars – The History of Apple Pie ensure that there is not a single person leaving the Art School tonight without a cheeky wee smile as they embark back into the cold Glasgow air.

Words: Chris Kelman

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