Medals, Echo Valley, The Van T’s at Stereo, 30/10/14

The first of two support acts are twin sisters Chloe and Hannah Thompson of The Van T’s, who usually have a band in tow, but play on their own tonight due to their bassist being stranded in Ireland.

The idea of twin telepathy is often spoken about, but it would be a good explanation of the sisters’ harmonies, which are note-perfect.

 

Both playing amped up electric guitars with effects makes for an interesting sound, however, without the backbone of the drums and bass, a more stripped down may have suited this set.

Last song ‘California’ grasps the crowd and is an excellently executed and well-chosen set closer for the girls.

Next up is Echo Valley, who have a vibe which screams psychedelia around them, they’ve got the look with the long hair and (strangely) no shoes or sock on, in reality, however, most of the set is more indie rock than anything else.

The Ayrshire four-piece is very tight as a band, and has evidently been playing together for a while.

Just as you’re thinking the Stereo audience are going to be left without a song that really captivates, they play last song ‘I Wish I Was Someone Else’, which sounds huge and shows the band’s potential.

JP Reid (of Sucioperro/Marmaduke Duke fame) and his most recent project Medals then take to the stage, and the venue has filled a lot more by now.

The band seem to really be enjoying playing together, with a sound which uniquely lies somewhere between post-punk and synth pop.

Medals play songs from debut album Disguises as well as from Reid’s back catalogue.

The real highlight of the evening comes in the form of the unreleased ‘Sit Back Down Judas’, which includes some stunning harmonies between Reid and guitarist Marianne Fraser.

Recent single ‘I Used To Be A Dancer’ concludes the upbeat, jovial set from a band that may well be playing to much bigger audiences in the not-so-distant future.

Words: Neil Hayton
Photos: Kyle Burgess

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