Arriving fashionably late, the announcement rings from frontman, Jonny Pierce that “this next song is about my dead best friend”, “Best Friend” is conducted so eerily well, it’s as if it were actually choreographed.
“Money” is also swanned and swayed through by the vocalist and centrepiece, his movements are subtle, but still hold attention. As if to be a theme of the evening, bangers are followed by slow jams when “U.S National Park” croons almost like a Christmas song. Perhaps, the most weather fitting it could possibly get for a band with an EP called, “Summertime” it even blends with the dreich and drizzly November evening in Glasgow.
Pierce gyrates as though he were a percussion instrument, contributing another layer on to a fairly stripped back sound. For as drenched in reverb and chorus as the guitars and synths are, the vocals are clean as a whistle.
“I Hope Time Doesn’t Change Him” is another soulful, sexy number and no one is fooled by the parting of “Glasgow, we’re The Drums from New York City”, as they return with Urban Outfitters (presumably) jackets removed and ready to “have a nice time now” the “Forever And Ever” refrain of “Forever And Ever Amen” is echoed back to the band warmly. For “Don’t Be A Jerk Johnny” they are joined by the legendary, Frankie Rose from this evening’s support act, Beverly.
“Let’s Go Surfing” results in mass clapping during the bridge.“The Saddest Summer Ever” from the aforementioned EP “Summertime” sheds some rays on the evening and “Down By The Water” is even home to a one man Morrissey-esque stage invasion. It closes the set again with the seaside beach summer feel, but resonates in a stronger sense than some of the poppier tracks. They leave this time for real and the crowd depart, thrust back into the cold wet reality after the sunniest of escapes.