Live Review | Dirty Hit Tour | King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut

Dirty Hit brought a trio of top bands to Glasgow’s King Tuts.

The intimate record label showcase gave the three acts a chance to perform in the iconic Glasgow venue, bringing a variety of genres from grunge to indie pop which flowed together surprisingly well.

First up were quartet King Nun who wasted no time powering through their tracks. With their 90’s grunge meets punk sound, with thrashing guitars and gritty vocals, the band’s tracks were mighty and memorable.

Despite the mishap of guitar strings snapping mid-set, it simply added to the vibe as the band took the set in their stride and left their mark on the crowd with their rowdy set. Particular highlights came in the form of ‘Tulip’ and their latest brashy single ‘Hung Around’.

Next up were new recruits Pale Waves who have already managed to win over a substantial fan base online racking up more than 300k plays, despite only releasing one single via the label. With their 1975-esque intro as the lights dimmed, unsurprisingly as their debut track was produced by their label mates The 1975’s Matty Healy and George Daniel, it was hard not to immediately be won over by their addictive indie-pop blend as front woman Heather Baron-Gracie’s enchanting vocals charmed the crowd who began bopping along.

When performing a set formed of unknown tracks, some crowds may become disengaged, but Pale Waves managed to capture the full attention of the venue with their unique blend and extremely catchy choruses. In particular, ‘New Year’s Eve’ is a song guaranteed to be a hit, with its relatable lyrics and chorus which has found itself looping in my head, despite never hearing the song before.

Ending their short, but alluring set with debut single ‘There’s A Honey’, we can guarantee this band will not be hanging around small venues for long.

Headlining the night were Superfood who returned to the stage after 18 months recording new material and signing to the London label. Opening with ‘Double Dutch’, an enthusiastic crowd had now gathered towards the front of the stage to dance and sing along.

As Dom Ganderton and Ryan Malcolm’s vocals combine together creating their Britpop blend, the band took the opportunity on the night to showcase the new material. New track ‘Where’s The Bass At’ is undoubtedly an absolute gem, with its funk injection and groovy beats – this is a track you need to listen out for in 2017.

Ending on ‘Superfood’, allowing their instrumental talent to shine through, the band left us eager to hear what lies ahead with their new album.

Dirty Hit has to be one of the most successful independent labels around at the moment. It’s not often every single act on a bill will charm the crowd, but this night did so with ease. Providing the acts with the platform to play while introducing a wide spectrum of genres, we’ll be closely following all three bands following the show and can’t wait to see what lies ahead for Dirty Hit.

Post Author: Claire White

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