Mike Bones @ Nice n Sleazys 07-05-09

May 20, 2009

Nice n Sleazys, Glasgow, May 7 * * *

New York singer/songwriter Mike Strallow, AKA Mike Bones, made his first appearance on British soil back in February on BBC2’s Culture Show. A jaunt around the UK was set to follow but as the snow fell and the country ground to a halt so did the tour. A chance to spread the word was lost as was the impetus a TV appearance brings.
Since then second album – A Fool For Everyone – has hit the shelves, but judging by reviews and tonight’s sparse and largely disinterested crowd, he’s got a lot of work to do if he’s going to stand out among the multitude of troubadours currently plying their trade.
From the start Bones had his work cut out holding the crowd’s attention. Annoyingly high levels of background noise – generated by those oblivious punters more intent on chatting loudly, and in the case of one particularly irksome female, shrieking – seldom dipped. It meant time and time again those of us trying to listen were thwarted in our efforts to focus on the performance.
But with the arrival of Bone’s three-piece backing band things did pick up. One Moments Peace’s bluesy groove coupled with Bone’s Dylan-esque drawl certainly made its mark while Give Up On Guitars provided the New Yorker with his best moment.
With the crowd thinning and Bones’ offer to “play a couple more if you want” ignored it was a somewhat flat finale to a gig largely devoid of that vital spark.


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