One Luv, We Don’t Need Another Luv
Going to a We Luv Musik gig can sound like a bit of a lucky dip. Chances are you won’t have heard of every band on the lineup and you may be reluctant to take a punt on it. But take it from me, trust in the Musik: this is one of the best value and most enjoyable nights out in town.
Local punk misfits The Nature Boys were first out the gate. All WLM gigs are run to a tight schedule and start pretty much as soon as the doors open, so The Nature Boys drew a bit of a short straw, playing to a half-empty Ballroom in the Voodoo Rooms. Nevertheless, their raucous snot-nosed set got the night off to a jumping start, with the NB’s chaotic ringmaster Cammy making the most of the empty space in front of the stage, periodically leaping off and singing from the floor.
Always entertaining, and with some fantastic Tenpole Tudor-like sonic blasts at their disposal, the Nature Boys are at their best blasting the walls down in a packed, sweaty venue. Tonight, they were over too quick, barely long enough to get their fingers out their pockets, let alone stick them up in front of your face.
Next up were the rockers of the night, The Laymanites. With a melodic guitar-whipping vibe and an energetic performance from frontman Paul Brownlee, the band cranked up the volume and filled the venue with anthemic rock which started to get the punters piling in. Stevie Scott’s guitars blasted across the venue as it began to fill up, and the Laymanites’ kinetic live set went down well.
By now, Lee and Jay – the We Luv Musik boys – were in their element, constantly circulating through the crowd, making sure everything was running to time, helping with the changeovers and generally working their hearts out. They were loving it, and their enthusiasm and passion for what they do is as much a star of a WLM night as the bands up on stage. But there was still plenty left to come…
It was time for things to get a bit janglier as the fabulous MixUps took to the stage. A fourpiece from Glasgow, this band played one of the tightest and most impressive sets I’ve seen for a while. With the same kind of ear for a tune as The La’s or The Charlatans, The MixUps played songs which instantly sounded familiar yet original, with more hooks than a fly-fishing shop. The crowd lapped them up and they were the perfect support for the headline act – and in my view, the standout act of the whole night.
We Luv Musik pride themselves on being original, and tonight was no exception. After the bands are finished, a WLM night continues on til at least 1am with a DJ set. Tonight’s discs would be spun by none other than John Leslie, who arrived at the venue in time to introduce the headliners.
The place was absolutely packed when the lights went out and The Stone Roses Experience shuffled onstage. This Glasgow-based tribute band are widely regarded as the closest thing you can get to seeing the 90s Manchester baggy heroes live. And yes, close your eyes during any of their uncannily accurate covers and you definitely can imagine yourself whisked back in time to the second summer of love, getting on one to those decade-defining songs.
Alan Marshall and Craig ‘Bobo’ France make a pretty convincing Ian Brown and John Squire, and the vocals, mannerisms and guitar – together with an equally convincing rhythm section – conjure up the spirits of their source amazingly well. Even a bit of wobbly sound on Marshall’s vocal mic didn’t stop the crowd adoring this set of classics – you could even say that was a realistic copy of the Roses’ sonic problems at the legendary Spike Island gig…
I had to leave before Mr Leslie kept things spinning with his DJ set, but – judging from the atmosphere in the place whilst The Stone Roses Experience were playing – no-one would be in a hurry to leave, and I’m sure many punters stayed on to keep on Luvving The Musik til the bitter end.
So, a great night; and a great injection of enthusiasm that the Edinburgh scene has been in need of for some time. Here at Edinburgh Spotlight, we luv We Luv Musik.
Keep checking WLM’s website for details on their upcoming gig nights.