King Tut’s, Glasgow, December 27 * * * *

2008 hasn’t been the easiest year for Greenock’s My Latest Novel. Work on second album – Deaths and Entrances – has been a protracted affair but with financial issues resolved their sophomoric offering should get its release within the next few months.
After an extended studio hiatus, the five-piece returned to live performance tonight with new material to showcase. Happily it was to be a triumphant return and one which suggests My Latest Novel is heading for a memorable 2009.
After a faltering start the quintet found its stride on A Dear Green Place, singer Chris Deveney’s folky vocal perfectly straddling the line between anguish and anger. Lacklustre proved anything but, while emotively-charged I Declare A Ceasefire with all its twists provided an uplifting four minutes.
Overall however it was Hopelessly Endlessly that afforded MLN with their brightest moment. Its brooding and darkly-atmospheric feel transfixing the vast majority of punters. But sadly not all, as the one detracting factor throughout tonight was the small but exceedingly vocal section of the crowd intent on chatting and heckling the band. It came to a head during the encore with one oblivious punter’s shouts prompting an early end to an at times captivating display.