Underground Railroad @ Tut’s 03-03-09

March 8, 2009

UNDERGROUND RAILROAD
King Tut’s, Glasgow, March 3 * * * *

If ever there was an antidote to all those indentikit indie-rock bands currently clogging the airwaves, it’s Underground Railroad. The Parisians – singer/drummer Raphael Mura, singer/guitarist Marion Andrau and bassist JB Ganivet – tonight offered up a rough and ready set of visceral pop reminiscent in parts of an early Nirvana, and in the process of a slightly shambolic thirty minutes showed no shortage of French flair.
Not that proceedings got off to a particularly good start, opener Sticks and Stones was all but obliterated by a shuddering wall of bass – it seemed to affect Raphael Mura, his furious attack nearly toppling sections of his kit.
However with sound issues resolved there was no stopping them. Leading the onslaught, Mura was the heart of the band, teetering on the edge of control, frantically driving the three on. He was most potent on New Variety and Headache, the latter ending with an errant drumstick catching one punter unawares. Profuse apologies out of the way, Homeless Town followed in gloriously chaotic fashion and further galvanised the crowd thanks in part to Marion Andrau’s darker, impassioned vocal and the immediacy of the melody.

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