Singer Stuart Purvey finishes another massive crowdpleasing number and wipes the sweat-drenched hair from his face.
Drummer Martin Donald kicks out a thudding beat and a chant of ‘ooh ah up The Law’ fills Cabaret Voltaire, taken up by travelling supporters from their Dundee hometown and local punters alike.
Yep, The Law are in town – and they’re taking no prisoners.
It’s the climax of another excellent We Luv Musik night in Edinburgh; a cracking-value evening’s entertainment in the cave-like surroundings of The Cab.
The place was already filling up as things kicked off with a short acoustic set from Chris and Raff from Edinburgh-based group The OK Social Club. One of the ‘Edinburgh Scene’ bands (with the likes of Pose Victorious and The 10:04s), the Club-members’ guitar-based tune-smithery warmed things up nicely and got the already up-for-it crowd in a great mood.
The joint was packed by the time the Pose Victorious boys took the stage. Playing to an eager crowd of fans and newcomers, their songs sparkled with catchy exuberance. Like early Travis (before they turned into your grandparents’ favourite band), PV’s songs are finely-polished guitar-cut gems shot through with healthy veins of good-time rock.
“We’re not busking up here you know,” says frontman Ross, as someone throws a fiver up on stage. However, their excellent set is well worth this ‘tribute’ – and the more traditional cheers and applause they receive.
A Pose Victorious gig is like one big party, and the band’s attitude and camaraderie shines through as they create a positive vibe with their tight and infectious songs.
Tonight is a perfect example of their talent and they deserve their place up on stage – and their ever-increasing number of fans.
It’s moshing room only by the time Dundonian rockers The Law strut on stage. With a confident swagger and a knowledge that they’re on the brink of something big, Purvey owns the place, fronting The Law’s piledriving rock powerhouse.
Stevie Anderson jabs spikily at his guitar as the Donald brothers lay down a rhythm section so solid it could withstand a nuclear attack. They look pleased to be here and truly appreciative of the great reception they get.
Their set is a storming blast through numbers from their debut LP “A Measure of Wealth” and is met with a raucously enthusiastic reception from fans old and new.
“Edinburgh, you’ve been fantastic,” says a smiling Purvey at the end of the gig, arms outstretched to the cheering crowd. “And, let’s face it, so have we.”
He’s got a good point.
The We Luv Musik nights are going from strength to strength. The Calder lads have certainly tapped into a burning desire for a great night out from Edinburgh’s gig-going public and are consistently delivering events that showcase some top talent – and that are attracting bigger and bigger names as time goes on.
If you’ve not checked one out yet, get yourself along to one – there’s an ever-increasing list of future dates on the website.