Call me Ishmael @ Tut’s 03-01-10

January 10, 2010

CALL ME ISHMAEL
King Tut’s, Glasgow, January 3 * *

If, as King Tut’s literature suggests, Call Me Ishmael are indeed “one of the most promising new bands in Glasgow” then hell has frozen over just like the pavements around the legendary venue tonight. Substitute the word ‘Ishmael’ with ‘a taxi’ and you get a more accurate gist.
After energetic but dull Biffy-fied opener I Am Stop, You Are Go proceedings ground to a halt as Aiden Murphy’s guitar decided, as it turned out rightly, to quit the band. What followed was truly farcical.
Finding a replacement wasn’t a problem, however tuning it was. For over five minutes we were ‘entertained’ by shambolic scenes and, what we can only hope, was an improvised song from singer Ryan Meloy while Murphy struggled to get to grips with the task at hand.
Eventually the issue was resolved but sympathy for the five-piece’s plight was short-lived. Second offering Harpoon required two attempts to get going and did little to renew faith in a band seemingly ill-prepared, while Your Favourite Colour epitomised the sheer lack of inspiration the quintet showed throughout – another weak riff, another forgettable song.

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