On Saturday night past Junebug played in front of a packed King Tut’s for the King Tut’s New Year’s Revolution event running for the whole month of January.
After a hectic 2014 which involved two Scottish tours, an EP release, festival performances and most recently the release of latest single ‘Wild’ the Glasgow five-piece were back on stage doing what they do best, playing live.
No strangers to a Music Brewery review, Junebug were excellent last time out at Nice N Sleazy’s alongside Codist and Kung-Fu Academy. This time they had an even more extensive cast of Scottish talent as their support. Justhope, Delgetti and Pariah Soul took to the iconic little stage in a marvellous night of music.
Justhope kicked things off 10 minutes after the doors opened, so unfortunately due to prior commitments at the bar The Music Brewery didn’t go through to venue till the end of their performance. From what we heard though, we were impressed. With their very tight, melodic sounding, acoustic/alternative vibe Justhope are sure to be favourites around the local scene for a while yet.
A band not set to feature on any scene ever again though are Delgetti. Playing their last ever gig, the Kilmarnock five piece, went out on a high but it is clear to see why they are packing it in.
With a ’60s vibe reminiscent of The Kinks they played funky, groovy guitar lead tunes. Their charismatic lead singer with maracas in hand steered the band through a set which featured a couple of covers – Kasbian’s ‘L.S.F.’ and The Coral’s ‘Dreaming Of You’. The crowd loved these tracks most of all and that’s why the journey must end for Delgetti – no band can survive without successful original material. That said they sounded very polished and had a certain swagger and confidence about them.
Up next were the highlight of the night for The Music Brewery – Pariah Soul. The Glasgow three-piece delivered some proper, good old fashioned rock music for the baying crowd. The lads hadve nailed classic rock song structures and displat excellent instrumentation, particularly drummer Shoz, who managed to expertly multi-task solid drumming and effective backing vocals throughout the set.
‘Hold On’ is a true gem and definitely worth a listen, you need to get into this band:
So here we are, after a long wait, headlining King Tut’s for the New Year’s Revolution – Junebug.
Playing tracks from their previous two EPs – ‘The Chase’ and ‘The Singles’ – as well as a couple of covers and their brand new single ‘Wild’, Junebug served up a fantastic all-encompassing set to kick off 2015 in style.
As ever, Ali’s vocals were brilliant and they alone should mean the band get further success out-with Scotland. Sounding particularly fine-tuned and tight the percussion was solid throughout, it is clear the band have been in the studio a lot of late, surely there’s some kind of announcement to come…
New single ‘Wild’ went down a storm with fans who I’m sure will soon be singing along to the powerful, shouty beat. Covers of The Black Keys’ ‘Lonely Boy’ and Chvrches’ ‘Gun’ raised the noise levels in the room significantly.
The night went extremely well for the band. Put it this way, Junebug need to release an album and SOON. They’re reaching the point of saturation as a small Glasgow band playing local venues and releasing EPs, they need to expand because the demand is there. Enjoy ‘Wild’.