There’s a lot of hype surrounding BABY STRANGE’s Glasgow gig on their first headline tour, and the excitement can be felt as soon as you step in to Stereo with the eerie bustle around the venue, with great anticipation for the headline act.
The main support, Future Glue, a self-proclaimed ‘psychedelic, rockabilly, punk rock jukebox’ have enough potential to make a crowd go wild, however tonight they somewhat lack in presence and look slightly awkward.
BABY STRANGE are up next and race through their short, intense set; opening with ‘VVV’, before rushing straight in to b-side ‘Luver’ and moving t play a fun cover of Pete, Bjorn & John’s ‘Young Folks’ played in their own style works well in the environment.
A real highlight is 2013 single ‘Friend’, which really showcases the Glasgow trio’s punk credentials and their hometown crowd love it.
When the opening riff of ‘Pure Evil’ starts, the already raucous crowd completely erupt and frontman Johnny Madden roars the “tired of my generation” refrain, which brought the band to many people’s attention, it is clear that the band are confident and the high-tempo energy is not just on the dance floor.
Walking up the dingy Stereo stairs following ‘Want It/Need It’, the potential that this exciting act possesses is clear to see.
300 people witnessed what looks like only the beginning for BABY STRANGE, who appear to be going from strength-to-strength in writing modern punk songs and performing them in front of their DIY spray painted banner.
After a Radio 1’s Big Weekend performance, their first headline tour and a new single, the band may well look at this past month as a big step forward in their career.
Words: Neil Hayton