From the moment The Lapelles walk onstage to ‘The Bad Touch’, the atmosphere is electric in King Tut’s. This is a celebratory homecoming gig for the five-piece from East Kilbride who return to Glasgow following a month of touring with the likes of The Last Shadow Puppets, Blossoms, The Kooks and The View.
With such high-profile support slots under their belt, the band have seen their dedicated fanbase steadily growing; just last week, they played to the biggest crowd at the T Break stage at T in the Park. Having been one of the stand-out performers of that weekend, they carry on the party atmosphere into this one with a sold out appearance at this legendary venue, where they are welcomed by an ecstatic crowd; full of friends, fans and those keen to see what all the fuss is about.
It doesn’t take long to get swept up by the band’s exhilarating live performance as they launch into ‘Seventeen’; explosive, chaotic and full of attitude. They may look young and fresh-faced but there is a definite confidence and swagger about the five-piece; not only have they now played to 2,000 capacity venues, but they have also taken the time to hone their skills as performers and musicians with intense gigging and sporadic releases over the past year. Frontman Gary Watson takes the sold out crowd in his stride and with their energy feeding into the crowd, there is a celebratory atmosphere in the room; you feel yourself cheering them onto success.
With a strong collection of songs already to their name, their setlist shows lots of depth and progression that is indicative of a bright future. Old indie-pop favourite ‘She Would’ gets a predictably big reaction, while their most recent release ‘Grab Life By’ is a summery indie banger, with impressive guitar lines and an addictive melody made for the radio. Intelligent lyrics lie at the heart of these songs too though and with the addition of Christopher Ballantyne on synths, they elevate themselves beyond the tropes of landfill indie music with clear post-punk influences giving them an edge.
The unreleased songs on the setlist are equally as impressive, particularly ‘Toronto’ and ‘The Strand’, making the audience even more excited for future releases from the band. The night ends with a typically raucous take on ‘Snakehips’ though, with its repetitive guitar riffs whipping everyone into a frenzy, before the crowd demand an encore and the band duly oblige. If you haven’t heard of The Lapelles yet, you definitely will soon.
This Lapelles article was written by Suzanne Oswald, a GIGsoup contributor.