02 February 2024 (gig)
02 February 2024
The Scottish indie rockers who formed whilst at school have come a long way. There is already a wealth of great material online which is about to be further bolstered with third album 'Millennials', due February 23rd and released through their own label Happy Artist Records. With the setlist released on Instagram just prior to the gig, it confirmed that tonight would be the full album live debut.
First a receptive audience welcomed support act Gracie Barr and her songs of anger, affection and adolescence. A sore throat and flu didn't hinder her as the stripped back acoustic set showcased her delicate vocal style which hit a chord with Snuts fans.
Then it was the moment the sell-out crowd had been waiting for. In the wonderful Lafayette, Kings Cross - surely London’s best venue - the four-piece nonchalantly walk on stage and offer up the world first play of album opener ‘Novastar’. Uplifting and anthemic it sets the course for the night. New single ‘Millionaires’ follows, with its rousing chorus, all members on backing vocals. It’s always a pleasure to see when the full band join on backing duties, fully committed to the cause. The songs are short, sharp, and succinct. Previous single ‘Gloria’ gets the floorboards bouncing, 2 minutes 30 seconds of pop perfection with a nod to Harry Styles. ‘NPC’ is a fist punching pop paragon that sees the quartet’s infectious energy abound.
Jack Cochrane (vocals and guitar), Joe McGillveray (guitar), Callum '29' Wilson (bass) and Jordan 'Joko' Mackay (drums) have a lot in the locker as 'Millennials' showcases. It’s a masterclass of up-tempo 3-minute indie-disco-pop floor fillers, which hopefully will take them to the next level they so deserve.
The album clocks in at just under 30 minutes so there is plenty of time for some old classics too. The encore sees Cochrane, still in jumper and sunglasses, joined by McGillveray for an acoustic rendition of first single ‘Glasgow’. ‘Hallelujah Moment’ follows, and Lafayette is jumping. Vocals are raw yet sweet, not dissimilar to fellow Scot Paolo Nutini. There is a depth that sets this four-piece apart from other indie rockers of their ilk. Tonight, The Snuts celebrated another valid contribution to their delectable back-catalogue as they continue their charge into the mainstream. Get out of their way.
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