Mr Kil @ Oran Mor 27-11-09

December 18, 2009

Oran Mor, Glasgow, November 27 * * *

Fresh from a stint supporting The Proclaimers on their Scottish tour, Glasgow outfit Mr. Kil appeared at Oran Mor tonight to promote debut EP The Homespun Tales. Judging by the number of punters who raised their hands when asked if they saw the band at the SECC, playing on the same bill as the twins has, to a certain extent, paid off.
You could hear why the quartet’s music would appeal from the start. The immediacy of the melodies and abundance of hooks made openers Boat Song, Gin & Sin and She Cries Wolf instant crowd pleasers while the dark, ominous Turn The Screw was easily their best offering.
However with more time to fill, and despite singer Joe Gallacher’s confident candor, much of what followed came and went in unspectacular fashion. Fires proved uneventful while, save for its dying refrains, Nightmare For The Children threatened much without truly delivering.
If levels of crowd chatter are anything to go by, then the rather plodding Bloom was something of a low-point but with final number Where Your Voice Leads Me giving Gallacher more scope to work the crowd, Mr. Kil’s burgeoning fan-base were ultimately sent home happy.


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