Into the home stretch of the 2017 King Tuts New Year’s Revolution fesitval now, and topping the bill of the 13th show we have Mt Doubt from Edinburgh – the brainchild of Leo Bargery – an act who have constantly been named ones to watch over the past couple of years; full proof of that in their two albums – My Past Is A Quiet Beast and In Awe Of Nothing.
Although big fans, we had never before got to see them on stage, and this proved to be the perfect opportunity to break that affliction.
First up was the only band completely unknown to us – Sea Captain – who congratulated all in attendance for getting down early to see them.
While opening lukewarm, they gradually got better as they progressed, displaying some neat chords, decent bass lines and vocals which really shined in parts, plus frontman Joe offered some little quirky quips in between songs. Overall, a good solid showing to start the night off.
Taking the helm next were SKJOR (pronounced “sure”, for your information), who we were looking forward to after liking the little taste we got of their material online.
The fact they had quite the crowd lined up for them was a hopeful sign, and they simply captivated us.
The dual guitars were excellent, being fluid and precise from Callum whilst more delicate from leading lady Louise, who strummed by the fingertips with such subtlety, and she furthering impressed with her crisp harmonies. Completing the package, we had very fluent bass and drum work from the pairing of Jack and Toni respectively.
From the mellow Without Hope to the dynamic Self Control, it was an outstanding showcase of talent, and we are so eager to see what the future holds for this quartet. It cannot be anything other than positive in our minds.
Aside from the headliners, we were most excited for Crow’s Feet, who we have championed ever since their debut; emerging as one of the most promising newcomers of last year, with Hornets Nest being nominated for our 2016 Scottish Record Of The Year prize, so obviously our expectations were high.
Surge // Swell eased us in and set the mood nicely, escalating as it elapsed before transitioning into the title track of their aforementioned album, which sounded great despite the mic going dead for half a minute.
The new number was stunning, and Alarm Clark Bones sent chills down our spine, so much so that even the irritating people behind us did little to hamper our love for it. Eventually, they would wrap up in bombastic fashion with their latest single Hesitator.
Huge credit has to be given to vocalist Calum here. We forgot just how incredible he was, not only because of his wide range and his knack for hitting the high notes, but because of just how into it he gets, and we become more invested as a result.
Add on some atmosphere-boosting synths and tight drumming for measure, and you have a recipe for something truly special.
After that, we were really feeling the buzz for Mt Doubt, and from the word go, we were hooked.
Leo was very apt both in his playing and in the vocal department, complimented perfectly by his entourage in each of their particular fields; all working together as a cohesive unit.
Focal points included Sheer And Utter which was bursting with energy, the more subdued Hotel Key, the equally engaging Soak and Afterglow, both driven by memorable melodies, and finally the zealous Soft Wrists which brought the set to a sensational conclusion.
It was a long wait to see Leo and crew, but very much worth it. Undeniably, a successful outing for them at the prestigious venue.