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Live Review: Baby Strange
Sophie Sutcliffe looks in on the rising Glasgow punks at the Sunflower Lounge.
One song in and ‘VVV’ got the audience immediately excited with its potential for a sing-along. The slower tempo made for something of a specific feel, an almost eerie chant backed by the heavy drums. Having the crowd immediately on-side led the band to play with a confidence that brought out the best in their music, suited perfectly to this slightly grimy, or shall we say ‘lived in’, basement room.
“Having the crowd immediately on-side led the band to play with a confidence that brought out the best in their music
On record, they’re punk, but as a live band, Baby Strange seem to nail feeling both pop and punk without being anything that comes remotely close to pop punk. That is, they play grungy rebel rock with some fun choruses that are reminiscent of those of the indie pop world. This is confirmed mid-set by the reaction to the chorus of old favourite ‘Pure Evil’, with what felt like everyone in the room bursting into ‘Ew, I’m tired of my generation / Ew, I only wanna be alone’. It’s nothing new or radical, but maybe that’s why it works; everybody knows kids love to complain about their generation - who doesn’t want to chant about it surrounded by like-minded people?
“A certain level of pride in the new material really evokes some excitement for further releases and what more we have to come from Baby Strange.
A certain level of pride in the new material really evokes some excitement for further releases and what more we have to come from Baby Strange. Finishing with ‘That One Off Made In Chelsea’, and definite hit of the night, ‘Friend’, the evening came to it’s climax and an almost inevitable stage invasion ensued. The usual two minutes of non-stop tight lyrics were dragged out to milk the moment, and the night came to it’s sweaty end with a sense of satisfaction in the air, and plenty of pats on the back for the band.