Stag & Dagger @ Various venues 23-05-09

May 31, 2009

Various venues, Glasgow, May 23 * * * *

Appearing in Glasgow for the first time, Stag & Dagger is the latest urban festival to hit the city but it didn’t get off to the best of starts. Local up-and-comers Over The Wall were due to kick proceedings off at 6pm but a change in the schedule meant those of us who arrived at the Captains Rest on time were too late to see the much fancied lo-fi electro folksters.
Still the next band up, fellow Glaswegians The French Wives, more than made up for the disappointment with a lively set of jittery indie pop – Romeo and Gemevieve the highpoint of a quick-fire eight-song set.
Blue Roses AKA Laura Groves followed, the Bradford singer/songwriter showing her knack for weaving seamless melodies throughout her low-key set, but especially on Cursed.
There’s no doubting the highest profile line-up was at the ABC but in the end it wasn’t headliners the Cold War Kids that starred at the former cinema, instead it was The Twilight Sad.
It wasn’t quite a vintage performance by Glasgow’s finest, the usual intensity seemed somewhat lacking, but it still drew the biggest crowd of the day. More importantly however it gave the five-piece the chance to air new tracks Reflection Of The Television and That Birthday Present, both of which proved well worth the wait.
Sadly the same couldn’t be said of CWK whose rather limp performance played out to a patchy crowd, the lure of the increasingly-popular Phantom Band making many head for a packed Art School.


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