“TONIGHT at The Noizy we have four of the best unsigned bands under the one roof,” a Noizy spokesman announced, as the build up to the opening act began.
Excitement levels were running excruciatingly high tonight, a chance to witness some of Scotland’s brightest bands.
The small room was abuzz as Edinburgh 5-piece, The Merrylees, open the night with a blistering 30-minute set. The band is currently touring the UK and was just back from playing a few dates in Liverpool to perform tonight. They describe their music as ‘psychedelic country western babble’, a genre I wasn’t totally familiar with until tonight. But these guys certainly know how to write and perform some amazing songs. Tracks that stood out were ‘(Farewell) Dry Land’ and ‘The Coroner’. Definitely worth catching these guys live, one to keep an eye on.
Up next was Glasgow band UKreign, who although based in Glasgow, have a few members from Cumbernauld.
First track to stand out was the amazing ‘Turn You On’, with some awesome guitars and vocals before the band’s highlight ‘Fool For you’. The guys delivered a polished performance and delighted the Noizy crowd with gem after gem. Visit their Facebook page to hear some or their tunes or have a look on YouTube where the band have some amazing videos to accompany them.
Next up, Johnny and the Giros, a band that I’ve heard a lot of good things about. They play upbeat electronic indie pop songs and they certainly lived up to the hype. These guys will have you tapping your feet, shaking your booty and up dancing in quick time. Frontman Mikey O’Donnell was in top form and showed some neat dance moves himself. They played a blistering set which included recent singles ‘SYNC’ and ‘The Day That Friction Overcame Fun’. The band have sold out and played most of the top venues throughout the UK. Do yourself a favour and catch them live, you won’t be disappointed.
Tonight’s headliners - Glasgow band, Selective Service. Their instantly recognisable Hammond organ/guitar sound will simply blow you away. Another band I’ve being listening to a lot over the last few months, their mix of reggae and rock shouldn’t work but it does, big time. They played a number of top songs including The Merchant, You Best Believe, Cathy Bennett and Greyhound Blues. You can also visit their Facebook page and get a free download of latest release ‘Crosshairs’. On this form the band are destined for bigger things. Looking at their list of gigs planned over the next few months, it certainly won’t be hard to catch them live. There is a buzz about this special band at the moment and I’m sure we will be hearing a lot more from them in the future, a top performance.
Another amazing night of music at The Noizy indie social club.