St. Vincent Street in Glasgow was home to an epic battle on Friday evening as DF concerts hosted the second date of the Brown Bear & The Bandits vs. Miniature Dinosaurs co-headline tour.
Opening tonight's battle proceedings are Miniature Dinosaurs, and this is my first time seeing the band. In fact, it's taken me about 5 years to do so having seen Barry Maclean and Alban Dickson and a few friends perform as a one-off band 'Beautiful Tear Smiles' supporting Frightened Rabbit in early 2008 and even employed Barry's help for a university project about music. Major apologies to the band for it taking me so long, really. Glad I finally got round to it though. Miniature Dinosaurs provide Tut's with a strong set of indie pop goodness that gets the crowd bopping from the get go, and gets stronger as their set goes on. A good sign for the band is that their new song from their upcoming debut album goes down brilliantly on the evening, and is my highlight and their strongest track. It also has to be the first time I've been to a gig and been treated to a Richard O'Brien (of The Crystal Maze fame) impression, which was quite brilliant. The Dinosaurs indie-pop may not have lyrical genius of other Scots bands but they have a talent for getting a crowd bopping making them a popular live band with a chance to grow stronger.
Having the bar set for them, Brown Bear & the Bandits take to the stage and promptly get the crowd going with their fresh indie folk rock. The band have managed to pack out the main floor and every song is welcomed with loud cheers from the crowd, it's clear to see this band have got themselves a growing audience. The night features lots of infectious guitars and some good old jams, including 'Celtic Jam' which goes down a right treat and gets the best reaction of the night. The Bandits are also in the process of recording a first album, treating us to a few new tracks that will be on it including the heavier track 'Obsession', which is a definite highlight of mine. New single 'Olive Tree' takes on a new life live and gets a brilliant reaction from the full room. This band are going from strength to strength and their fresh sounding indie is certain to take them places.
For my money, Brown Bear & The Bandits took this leg of the battle but it's definitely a fun one to watch.