On the last port of call on a whistle-stop tour of Scotland Beeches, Dirty Money Handlers and Acrylic seem at ease with their performances, each delivering an ambitious and distinct set from one another.
All three bands speak words of gratitude and regret at the closing of what has been a quick and intense weekend of gigging in Edinburgh, Ayr and Glasgow courtesy of Hit the Road Tours.
It’s clear that they’ve bonded very well; this gelling is apparent of the running of the sets too, each band bringing their own flavours to the table, there is no point at which one felt ideas were being repeated nor were there overlaps in style.
Beeches, ever light and extremely tight, have developed a lot since I last saw them at a busy EP launch at The Liquid Room in March last year.
You can’t help but feel that what they’re playing is folk music, but through a sort of ‘indie’ medium; their sound has deep natural allusions and lapses into maritime rhythms occasionally.
It’s level-headed and forward-thinking music; in all they put on a strong and thought-provoking opener to the show.
They have an affability on stage, which makes them instantly accessible and relaxing to listen to.
Being new to their music, Dirty Money Handlers made quite a first impression.
Their performance is full of a confident cynicism; an almost obsessive focus on institutionalisation runs through their fluent set.
The bold and outspoken vocals of bassist James Smith stand out as the highlight of a stirring and original performance with great use of discordant harmonies, with guitarist Connor Wells in places, and powerful build-up of tension.
There is something electric about the pace of Acrylic; the set they perform to round off the evening is almost entirely new, leaving out even their latest and successful release ‘I Know.’
You’d be pushed to find a young band that works as consistently as Acrylic do; they’re quick off the mark to produce new work to keep fans interested.
The set itself has a driving, hot tempered pace to it, with fantastic Mogwai-esque grinding build-ups and volcanic releases; this new style is darker than what they’d been used to producing, it’s engrossing and compelling.
It’s great to watch young bands progress and I’m certain that these are three a select group of Scottish bands bound for success; give ALL their Soundcloud’s a listen and spread the word about these mighty young talents.
Words: Patrick McCafferty