Since this is my first visit to The Old Hairdressers so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, after climbing up numerous stairs and starting to feel a little lost I arrive in an already packed out room ready for the tonight’s headliner Pronto Mama.
This is the band’s first headline show since the release of EP Niche Market a couple of months ago and it’s obvious that the crowd is eager to hear their live set, as the gig completely sold out a week in advance.
The packed out venue is a warm and welcoming change from the gloomy Scottish weather outside, which has clearly not managed to dampen any sprits, although the cheerful atmosphere could have had something to do with the free shot of Buckfast offered on arrival.
Pronto Mama open their set with new track ‘Goose Steps’, easing the crowd in before ‘Balance’ comes crashing in, shaking the whole room awake with thunderous guitars and loud brass.
The band continue to play an energetic and lively set of both old and new tracks, pleasing the crowd who enjoy joining in by singing and dancing along.
Pronto Mama share a good connection with the crowd making them laugh in-between songs by sharing a number of funny anecdotes, including the story of how they built the stage for tonight’s show.
Highlight ‘Still Swimming’ is met by lighters in the air and treats the crowd to charming harmonies and hearty melody, showcasing Pronto Mama’s unique sound and musical skill.
Also played is a cover of Franz Ferdinand’s ‘Take Me Out’, which was filmed live for Vic Galloway’s show on BBC Scotland and will be played for the final time tonight with extra vocals from the crowd accompanying each “take me out”.
The band say thanks to everyone who made tonight possible, inviting the crowd to join them at Broadcast before finishing their set with crowd-pleaser ‘One Trick Pony,’ giving it their all and filling the room with a roaring combination of instruments for the last time tonight.
The six-piece’s set is packed full of passion and joy, making it hard to tell who is having more fun, the band or the audience.
Pronto Mama’s music has a way of warming your heart and encouraging you to dance, making it impossible for you to leave one of their shows without feeling ecstatic.
Words: Jess Lavin
Photos: Bill Gray