John Wean, NK Jays, Seed + Minor Delilah
King Tuts Summer Nights
added: 16 Jul 2012
// gig date: 14 Jul 2012
reviewer: Susan Ford
King Tuts Summer Nights 2012 is now in full swing, with some of the country’s best new bands hitting the spotlight in Glasgow. Saturday night saw four cracking bands perform as part of the festival, alongside a super-secret midnight performer and not to mention, a guest DJ set from myself as Music-News.com join in the fun at King Tuts Summer Nights.
Up first are Minor Delilah
, who proposed a very sophisticated start to the evening. Minor Delilah fuse elegant acoustic with classic rock, creating a very mellow musical outcome; but like Turin Brakes or The Coral, it’s a very enjoyable mellow that can easily be grouped as indie-pop mainstream.
Before their set on Saturday, Seed
self-described their sound as ‘organic banjo rock’, an intriguing claim that put them in good stead for the show. Seed completely smashed their expectations and delivered genuinely intense banjo rock tonight. With no false claims like some other ‘banjo-based’ bands and no corny bluegrass-country gimmicks, Seed proceeded to play some full force, lovingly loud and home-grown musical brilliance.
Continuing the sheer awesome stage antics tonight are Scottish trio The NK Jays
. Recently released ‘In the Movies’ is a signature track in their career, because the title itself sums up the style the band has brought to the underground scene. Every song that The NK Jays play could easily compliment a great film; they are atmospheric, beautiful and massively appropriate to tonight’s line up.
Headlining King Tuts Summer Nights this evening are the excellent John Wean
, performing louder than any of the other three bands. The volume and intensity has nothing to do with any sound tech cheeky antics, just an expertise in a genre. Our headliners self-described themselves as the offspring of ‘The Arctic Monkeys and the Wombats’ (not to everyone’s taste!) but pulled of a style that The Fratelli’s started and John Wean have now perfected. With strong accented vocals and lyrics, John Wean’s set is a patriotic, dazzling finish to the night.
In true King Tuts style however, the night didn’t finish with a headliner, as Woodenbox
adopt the ‘secret guest’ moniker and blow the bar apart downstairs with an epic, untimely set. King Tuts Summer Nights is still in its first week, so for more nights of mayhem, and uncovered Scottish bands, make sure you get down early to King Tuts Wah Wah Hut. #KTSN12
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