Hindle Wakes @ Captains Rest 22-06-09

June 29, 2009

Captains Rest, Glasgow, June 22 * * * *

As the festival season kicks into gear and the number of touring bands heading to Glasgow drops it’s a good chance to check out some local talent. There are certainly a lot of new Scottish bands to choose from on this year’s West End Festival line-up. Tonight appearing first on the bill at the Captains Rest, Hindle Wakes successfully added their name to the ever-growing list of new Glasgow bands well worth monitoring.
After a couple of fairly routine indie-pop openers, the quintet hit their stride with Lift Your Eyes. Exhibiting a greater cohesion and delivered with more authority, it was the first indicator that the five-piece has the makings of something a bit special.
I Won’t Sleep continued the good work while A Curse Or A Blessing proved the latter thanks to its brooding yet dreamy feel and mantra-like lyrics, but overall it was final number Father Said which suggested a bright future lies ahead for Hindle Wakes.
With its incessant drums and strong build-up it was a case of saving the best until last – the combination of singer Susie Liddell’s impassioned vocals and the song’s darker edge helping round off in style what was a well-received set.


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