Live review: Cry Parrot and Tracer Trails presents Music is the Music Language (Day 2) at The Kinning Park Complex and the Grand Ole Opry, 2/9/12

After missing out on the familiar setting of SWG3 yesterday I venture out in the daytime for a splendid event in the somewhat underused Kinning Park area south of the river.

This is the first time I’ve been to the Kinning Park Complex but since it opened it has hosted an array of interesting events, so it’s fitting that the first part of today’s proceedings should continue that.

The kid friendly venue is well lit and a slightly bizarre spectacle for one who doesn’t get to many daytime events, a young and old gather in an upstairs hall as Richard Youngs & Luke Fowler bob away at the back of the room creating head bopping noises accompanied by tape rolling visuals at the other end.

Indeed, it’s difficult to decide where to look but when focused on the two musicians it’s an impressive site both Youngs and Fowler display technical prowess building a sound through keys and a heavily wired up modular synth that fills the whole room and engrosses those early birds.

Next up are female accapella trio Hanna Tuulikki, Nerea Bello & Lucy Duncombe who produce an entrancing vocal display complete with wee ones running around baffled what to make of this.

It certainly takes some getting used to as the melodic sounds and staggered movements of the girls builds, but as you get into the flow it’s both entrancing and technically brilliant.

Then it’s up to Conquering Animal Sound to produce the closest thing to a conventional band we will in the early portion of the day, if only in the fact they have actual songs.

The Glasgow duo recently picked up by Chemikal Underground is able to create a settling atmosphere as Anneke Kampman’s haunting vocal floats over the captivating audience.

A wee dedication gets thrown in for Tomas Hermoso (everyone knows him right?), as Glasgow is no longer good enough, he’s ran his 10k is having his final night and is soon off to Orkney, lovely – sure we won’t have seen the last of mischievous wee scamp though.

Back to the music though and CAS create beautiful electronic collages which enchant both old and young before passing over to experimental duo Cru Servers.

Everyone is seated patiently as the duo build a harsh yet enthralling noise, much to the displeasure of one child, but as much as it isn’t to everyone’s tastes it is also impressive as they set up you up for wee trek across the motorway for Winning Sperm Party’s Generator Gig.

Held under the spiraling pathway to the bridge on the far side of the motorway the generator gig, which has become a welcome regularity, gets set up as a group of Glasgow hipsters (maybe, maybe not) gather in anticipation.

World Peace open up affairs and the DIY post punk trio create powerful, buoyant tracks that should peak up energy levels, but the healthy crowd remain fairly static, that said it’s probably due to the precarious standing position rather than anything else.

Then it’s passed to Muscletusk whoproduce the noise portion of today’s bill as they build from quiet beginnings to a commanding level of noise that carries enough beat to keep the experimental sound in focus.

After that it’s off to the Opry for the final portion of today’s events, no kids now as the ever-delightful novelty venue fills to encouraging levels for an array of local DIY talent.

The American themed venue, famous for its friendly atmosphere, cheap drinks and line dancing, provides an ideal backdrop for music and has produced some of the most memorable gigging experiences Glasgow has to offer.

First to take the stage are experimental post punk four piece The Modern Institute who build an encapsulating electronic sound, creating a pleasurable backdrop to this evenings beginnings, their frontman is a bit of a showman too but whether you are convinced by his performance or lyrics comes down to personal preference.

At this point I pop away for food, and since the recommended Turkish joint Istanbul is closed (whether because of the Rangers game or cos it’s a Sunday I don’t know), it’s off the other kebab place just down the road, it’s nothing special but it fills a hole but the lengthy wait means we sadly only catch Happy Particles last track.

Graeme Ronald’s large collection of talented musicians create somber yet popular sound which I am sad to have missed both today and at their own gig last night.

Then comes the curve ball, Hector Bizerk are a Glasgow MC and drummer duo, today joined by two others to create a full band, but they’re well worth their spot on the bill as MC Louie spits sharp lyrics in his thick Glaswegian accent over inspired beats.

These guys appear genuine too, they know Glasgow hip hop isn’t something that is going set the world alight, the accent is far from being the smoothest, but Louie’s presence and witty rhymes coupled with drummer Audrey’s beats surpass this to win over an at first unsure crowd.

Sacred Paws are a ball of pop fueled delight as the all girl duo produce track after track of foot tapping delights tinged with afropop that could be equally as at home on any indie dancefloor as here tonight.

These ladies are into it as well as they thank Fielding (Cry Parrot) for putting them on so many times despite their London base, this could possibly be the largest crowd they’ve played to in Glasgow and the guitar/drums duo revel in it and surely win a few new fans in the process.

If anyone is here tonight to see one band in particular it wouldn’t surprise you that it’s Remember Remember, they could have their own gig at the Opry and it’d draw a healthy crowd, and as Graeme Ronald makes his second appearance of the night the crowd wait on tender hooks for their layered, settling majesty.

The band is tight, the music at times magical at times intriguing, Remember Remember seem to be Ronald’s creative hub and his talents are more than in focus here.

Spanning from dreamy soundscapes to bleeping head nodding riffs, it’s absorbing, taking a seat up on the balcony (avoiding the winching couple) it’s easy to sit and take in their joyous music, the grin on guitarist Joe Quimby’s face says it all.

Ronald, as ever with Remember Remember sets, appears to get a little over enthusiastic as he jumps around clapping and toys with various small instruments after creating delightful loops, which lets the festival finish on a desirable high.

For the second year running Fielding (Cry Parrot) and Emily (Tracer Trails) have done themselves proud, creating an event that showcases the best in Scottish talent while simultaneously putting to use some of Glasgow’s most underused gems of venues, it’s definitely something we’d welcome with open arms again next year.


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