Hip Parade @ Tut’s 09-02-09

February 18, 2009

King Tut’s, Glasgow, February 9 * * *

Hip Parade aren’t exactly a new band. They’d been going for five years before Channel 4’s Unsigned Act show brought them to national attention. Last month the four-piece were runners-up to fellow Glaswegian Tommy Reilly, so now’s the time to make the most of their new found fame.
If tonight’s anything to go on they’re certainly going to give it their all, but then you’d expect that from these seasoned performers. They, and in particular frontman Rob Shah, know how to work a crowd, their family, friends and fans lapped up every second of their seven-song set.
You can understand the quartet’s appeal, they delivered each three minute slice of middle-of-the-road indie-rock with real energy, and in the case of crowd surfing singer Shah, reckless abandon.
However musically there was little to make you think the four-piece haven’t already found their biggest audience. Crowd-friendly, inoffensive and peppered with woeful lyrics, songs like Girl On The Radio and Getting Chased lacked any real depth while worst offender Dynamite was at best mindless.


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