Halloween is an intreguing time of year to see live music and always seems to bring the best out in a live show, so the MILK girls have made a return to bring us one more of what usually is their most riotous gig of the year.
I’m near the back of the room as Glasgow nine-piece folk popsters Skinny Dipper take the stage, they’re all dressed as crayons each with their own colourful cone shaped hat.
Their set is all very charming with the very cutesy costumes merging in nicely with their darling folk pop sound.
Still within the clatter of the notoriously poor sounding venue, the girls’ (and guy) pop sound comes across delightful enough, feeling almost like a whimsical Scottish folk revival at times.
Halfrican are up next, and a few people have ran up the road from The Black Lips set at Stereo to see them, and they don’t disappoint with hilarity from the off as the trio attempt some Bay City Rollers covers, while dressed as the glam rock heros with frontman Sancho Buna reciting “we are the Bay City Rollers from Livingston” on a regular basis.
Albeit the look comes of a touch more 80s tennis player crossed with crap clown (although drummer Jackson Marlette makes an honourable attempt after attacking a pair of pjs with scisssors frantically as the start of the night), but the fuzz filled sound is loud and invigurating as they blast through a set of face paced surfy licks, intercrossed with Rollers covers injecting an element of humour, well it cracked me up (and seemingly bassist Paul Choi too) at points anyway.
Halloween may well be a couple of nights away, but as Flat 0/1 clears out and Glasgow’s up and coming electro wizard Giant Fang takes to the decks, really check out his own material, we are shown once more that MILK really know how to put on a memorable night.
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Words: Iain Dawson
Photos: Beth Chalmers