Perhaps modeled somewhat on the clever, intellectual, sound of the Postcard Records collective, tonight’s openers, Glasgow’s Catholic Action, charge into a set full of spirited, interesting, three-minute pop songs. Filled with spikey guitars and harmonised vocals, the Actions bristle with enthusiasm and under-age confidence during their eight-song performance. ‘Doing well’ marches with interwoven funky guitars and a popping bassline, whilst ‘Pope’, with its tale about how we all find ourselves learning to walk, opens casually before breaking into a Franz Ferdinand style left-turn before clicking with a harder edge guitar line and a stuttering ‘du du du du’ chorus; it’s both unprompted and magnificent in its ability to mislead the audience, and avoid the obvious directions.
Not continent with just sticking with just one sound, Catholic’s set also takes in pop (‘Jet’), slowed down glam (‘Breakfast’) and fine accessible indie (‘Black and White’) in a collection which always stays central to the band’s key strength; their McCartney ‘bobbing’ bass lines. Closer ‘I’m no artist’ clearly itself an ironic anecdote sticks two fingers up to the naysayers and underlines the obvious truth; they are artists and they’re happy to look for interesting ideas.
Taking us into harder sounds, headliners Kid Kapichi maintain the pop sensibilities of Catholic Action but turn their guitars up to eleven in their first show at Think Tank. Opening up with current single ‘Thugs’ (‘You want a war we’ll give you war), dressed in balaclava’s, and attacking the stage as if this is their first show in a very long time, it’s clear from the outside that they’re here to impress.
Part ramshackled Libertines in their image (as well as how they double up on lead vocals) and part Idles/Slaves in their fierce stage show and punk sound, the Kid’s drive an intense set from the onset. Sipping from Buckfast, and diving into the crowd as they see fit, this is a band full of confidence who know that by doing what they like it’ll please their audience.
Highlights of the night, Sardine and What would your Mothers say, both kick hard with only-play-on-the-down punk guitar lines and a low post-punk base sound. Inspired by lyrics about being angry at the world (‘you’re angry and you don’t know why’) as well as a call to educate yourself, it’s clear that although they may enjoy appearing ramshackled; they’re well aware of the state of the world.
Ending up with a sound and stage show somewhere between Slaves/Idles and Plan B (‘Ill Manors’ era) Kid Kapichi tonight are loud, informative and intense. They’re also an amazing live band with huge potential to be considered as equals alongside the current crop of young, interesting, punk breakouts. Terrific.