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The music scene in Scotland's Central Belt. We check out some gigs, and the occasional piece of recorded music. The emphasis here is heavily on rock, indie and electronic styles.

Goat Girl + Jerkcurb @ Broadcast, Glasgow 3rd November 2017

Does the support need more time at the musical gym?

Time for another evening at Broadcast, one of Glasgow’s main indie music-orientated venues. The first band on was Edinburgh Leisure. Unfortunately, owing to the fact we missed most of their set, I am unable to furnish them with a proper review. As such - DISCLAIMER - please don’t take my below remarks as a well-balanced critique. However, we caught their final song, called “Yes” which… yes… consists of the word “Yes” spoken over and over atop some discordant noise. We all ended up rather befuddled, frankly wondering what they have to offer to the wider world of music.

The wonderfully-monikered Jerkcurb were more interesting. This London based-guitarist/singer (real name: Jacob Read. Get it: Jacob sound like Jerkcurb) sang hypnotically over tranquil and haunting waves of softly brooding guitar sounds in the manner of a less miserable post-rock Radiohead.

Is this goat ready to climb indie-rock mountains?

Goat Girl indie-rock four-piece

London four-piece female indie-rock band Goat Girl has been getting a hell of a lot of buzz of late, an example being this article from The Guardian:

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/dec/02/goat-girl-indie-london-squats-venues

Their music is decidedly similar to the likes of PINS and The Breeders. It’s all punk attitude and gothic moodiness with just enough melody behind the invigorating snarl to make it beguiling without being overtly poppy. On the other hand, their material does have a distinctive enough edge to it to prevent them from becoming classified as mere clones. There’s a sparkly, spacey surf guitar vibe on occasion (as per recent single Cracker Drool). There’s also a bit of violin going on here, albeit more visible on stage than actually detectable in their grungy sonic swirl.

If there was a downside last night, Goat Girl seemed a little lacking in onstage personality and rapport with the audience. Obviously this didn’t take away from their enjoyable music. However, when put up against the recent shows I’ve seen for Diet Cig (whom, incidentally, they recently supported in the Norwich Arts Centre a few weeks ago) and the aforementioned PINS, the shortfall in this department is disappointing.

Despite this issue, however, it’s clearly visible that Goat Girl have the flair to pull in a considerably greater following. A debut album is due to be released sometime soon and will hopefully help to achieve this.

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Rating:

☆☆☆1/2

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