The Veronicas @ ABC2 23-09-09

September 28, 2009

ABC2, Glasgow, September 23 * *

In their native Australia The Veronicas – twin sisters Jessica and Lisa Origliasso – are considered a big deal. Multi-platinum album sales and numerous hit singles have helped The Veronicas brand, they already have a clothing line, spread to the US where the duo is slowly making inroads thanks to some high-profile support slots.
Hoping to crack the UK with the release of second album Hook Me Up, the sisters and their well-drilled backing band rolled into town tonight to play for a sold-out ABC2 crowd, and while they certainly thrilled the screaming predominately female masses, overall it was hard not to feel somewhat underwhelmed by a set that failed to impress.
Soulless and contrived to the point of parody, the tattooed twosome’s performance – punctuated by inane banter – may have ticked most of the right boxes when it comes to pop-rock gigs but without any memorable hooks and with no real surprises up their sleeves it was an entirely predictable display.
They did come close to a highlight on Mother Mother but with the vocals came another steady flow of laughable lyrics and an unconvincing delivery style best described as emotionally polished.


1990s @ ABC2 03-05-09

May 11, 2009

ABC2, Glasgow, May 3 * * *

Two years on from the release of acclaimed debut album Cookies and 1990s are back with second LP Kick. This time around critics have been somewhat divided but that didn’t deter a sizeable crowd making its way to the ABC2 tonight for the final date of the Glasgow trio’s UK tour.
For the fans it was always going to be sparkling display, but for those sceptics among the audience it was a far less satisfying hour, and one peppered with catchy but disposable pop songs.
The worst offenders relied on crowd-friendly, “na-na-na” type lyrics in the way so many landfill indie acts tend to do these days, while those vocals delivered centre stage from behind his kit by gurning drummer Michael McGaughrin felt exaggerated – as if he was auditioning for The Band.
Competent rather than blistering and with the kind of songs that give up their secrets after a couple of listens, it was difficult to embrace the band especially on those tracks where they sounded suspiciously like The Mooney Suzuki. 59 and The Box were exceptions but on the whole it was one of those gigs that failed to win over the undecided.