WE’RE ONLY AFRAID OF NYC King Tut’s, Glasgow, August 13 * * *

August 27, 2010

Having been chosen to play the BBC Introducing stage at the Leeds and Reading festival later this month, tonight’s headline set at Tut’s was an ideal way for local outfit We’re Only Afraid Of NYC to warm up for their most important gigs to date.

Just how well the trio will be received down South is hard to say. There were plenty of positives during the first 25 minutes tonight but for the remaining time they struggled to maintain the crowd’s interest as the quality of material drastically tailed off.

By-and-large the positives came in the shape of the band’s angsty angular riffs. Quiet followed loud as, for the main part, the band stuck to what is by now a tried and tested formula. But while the Biffy bursts of guitar, bass and drums served the three-piece well during the instrumental sections, singer/guitarist Kenny Finnigan’s vocals just weren’t up to scratch.

A lack of edge, intensity or power from Finnigan rendered their best songs, Louder Loudest and It’s Tidal, ineffectual while With Bullets and woeful closer Lucky Ones strayed awkwardly into We Were Promised Jetpacks territory.

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