Live review: Freeze The Atlantic, The Fire and I, Carnivores, Cactus & Cardigan at Stereo, 28/5/13

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We see Freeze The Atlantic lose their Scottish virginity tonight; the five-piece boast some phenomenal musicians in their ranks with Guy Davis (ex Reuben drummer) and Andy Gilmour (ex Hundred Reasons guitarist).

Their début album SpeakEasy is an excellent piece of work by the band and has been critically acclaimed since its release.

Cactus & Cardigan open the show, one of the first gigs they’ve had outside Thurso where the trio are based, they set a high bar providing a brutal and non relenting assault on the cochlea’s with their huge riffs and unorthodox lyrics.

A tight set and good stage banter makes a Cactus & Cardigan show not to be missed.

Glasgow heavyweights Carnivores are next on the bill, the Paisley based band are regulars to the Glasgow scene and have recently recruited second guitarist John Murphy to their ranks.

Fresh from releasing their debut album, You Disgust Me, the band has gained a loyal following from their consistently fantastic lives shows, this one being no exception – a flawless performance in terms of stage presence, interaction and tightness.

The Fire and I provide the last support slot, and no one can fault this bass and drum duo on energy.

The drummer who goes by the name ‘Hooligan’ uses a megaphone that is a fun twist on things.

Their live show doesn’t quite pick up the dynamics you would expect from their records and the songs all sound very similar tonight.

Freeze The Atlantic doesn’t disappoint providing hits like ‘Shivering and Dazed’ and ‘Conflict Conflict’, they’re clearly a band of extremely talented musicians as they replicate the sound and performance of their album flawless live.

Not only that but frontman Liv Puente is not afraid to get involved with the crowd verbally and physically.

It is a pleasure to see them enjoy their first time in Glasgow and they thank the crowd several times for letting them play their city, a nice touch we don’t often see from travelling bands.

We finish off the evening with ‘Loses All The Romance’, which sadly doesn’t feature Colin Doran but is still a perfect ending to a great gig.

If there is a negative on the evening it would be the turn out but hopefully it’ll be better the next time Freeze The Atlantic come to Glasgow.

Words: Euan Coe

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