The drifting echo of MR TC’s music really excited me as I descend the steps into the basement of Broadcast -it was clear I was in for something upbeat and special.
The crowd was thick and attentively quiet, despite pulsating to every beat of the drum and swirl of synth oscillation.
I push myself through the dancing throng to the front to see what was happening onstage, only to be faced with a dazzling array of synths from which radiate Kraut-like repetitions, against the pounding beat of the drummer Matt Robin, who some may have recognised from his usual drum-stool in Glasgow stalwarts Chump.
MR TC aka Thomas Clarke, is a man who has brought parties and music to Glasgow as part of the team behind Night of the Jaguar.
He’s clearly been listening to his tunes, and the three-piece he’s put together tonight, completed by Daniel Magee on Fender Jaguar and Monotribe (out of hibernation from his own project Lo Kindre), knew how to work a crowd – this is music for the club, but welcomed in the gig setting too.
Fusing Krautrock with psychedelia and EDM (I detected traces of jungle and Goa trance), MR TC give the audience belting show that whets the audience’s appetite for nostalgia, but channel it into a direction that sounds fresh and exciting.
It even inspired appreciative heckles from one chap in colourful language, which fully matched my own sentiment looking forward to hearing what they do next!
Bo Ningen take to the stage, uniformly long hair flowing to their waists, feet obscured by their impressively loaded pedal trains; the epitome of sexy androgyny.
With competent playing from all members, the band delivers solid psychedelic rock, based around some excellent riffs.
Their set is super-tight and well put together, which seems to hit the audience in all the right places, but it got me thinking: do we go to see music for inspiration or entertainment?
In contrast to the fusion of various psychedelic influences apparent in MR TC’s set, the Bo Ningen sound is solidly historic and stale.
Even the “freakout” sections come across as overly-scripted, and perhaps, for me, this brand of psychedelia simply no longer pushes the envelope in any way at all.
If you want to be entertained without being challenged, then Bo Ningen are for you, but if you want to be inspired by where psychedelia could go next, then I would recommend MR TC.
As I look around the packed room at an obviously devoted audience, who frenziedly cheer every song, I realise that no matter my thoughts, a love of the retro sound is not yet dead in Glasgow.
Words: Ceylan Hay
Photos: Elina Lin