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Psych Sunday III with Bo Ningen, MR TC at Broadcast, 24/9/17

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.

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Words: Ceylan Hay
Photos: Elina Lin

Bo Ningen, PAWS, BABY STRANGE at The Record Factory, 30/8/15

The crowd in The Record Factory are in high spirits for a Sabbath evening, with a jovial 50th birthday party at one end of the long bar and free Sailor Jerry’s tokens being handed out on the way in.

The gig starts out with a local feel, with BABY STRANGE warming up followed by PAWS.

BABY STRANGE is having a formative year, gearing up for a headline tour in October and supports slots for Slaves after that.

‘Trouble’, released on vinyl this summer, is an indie-disco tune with Johnny Madden’s vocals lamenting over thrashing guitars.

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PAWS deliver as always, both the raucous punk tunes and the endearing onstage patter; fresh from recording their third album, they preview new tracks from it, including at least one upcoming single.

The influence of new producer Mark Hoppus can be heard, but with a raw live sound and philosophical lyrics the sound has adapted Blink-182 basslines and energy without regressing into teen-angst pop.

There are many familiar tracks in the set tonight too, including ‘An Honest Romance’ and ‘Jellyfish’.

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When Bo Ningen arrive, the safe Scottish atmosphere is blown right out of the water.

Touring from Tokyo via a string of British festivals, the Japanese band are exactly the spectacle of rock showbiz the Glasgow scene craves.

The set is a melodic wall of sound from beginning to end, with songs crashing into one another, and the crowd seems stunned into a trance until an uproar of applause when they leave the stage.

Singer and bassist Taigen Kawabe has presence like a performance artist in their own right; long hair swishes around, wrists flick up towards the ceiling, and their bass face looks like an exorcism is being performed through the medium of guitar.

The gig does in fact feel like being inside the soundtrack to an arthouse horror film, as every song is heavy on reverb and soaring electronic effects.

The ‘About’ section on Bo Ningen’s website opens with: “enlightenment activists from far east psychedelic underground”.

Glasgow has been enlightened by Bo Ningen again.

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Words: Ellen MacAskill
Photos: Nadia Murdoch

Live review: Doune the Rabbit Hole Festival, 26-29/8/13

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